August 16th, 2010

Omit Needless Words

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

—William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style

Related: “A Little History of the Little Book.”

1 Response to “Omit Needless Words”
Tom Ta Says:
September 2nd, 2011

Hey Rick,

I must say great point. I think very hard whenever I write an email to potential clients. One thing that could be very useful is if there were a guide the title for the emails which is what people stress less on.


Tom Ta