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Concise Writing is Vigorous Writing

Posted By Alex Belth On May 9, 2011 @ 1:07 pm In 1: Featured,Arts and Culture,Creative Process | Comments Disabled

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Channeling the spirit of E.B. White [2], here’s Chris Jones with 20 things that should rarely, if ever, appear in your copy [3]:

1. Is your name F. Scott Fitzgerald? [Edit: Or Gene Weingarten?] No? Then take your adverbs out back and shoot them in the head and bury them in lime.

2. Popular culture references, unless you’re writing about popular culture, in which case you should probably occasionally refer to popular culture, but only through your clenched teeth. The names Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Bilbo Baggins, and Lady Gaga should not appear in your copy unless you’re writing a story about three fictional characters and their chance encounter with a hobbit on a quest.

3. Any sentences that read as though they might have appeared in an academic text; therefore, “therefore” is not permitted. “Heretofore?” Get the f**k out.


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[2] Channeling the spirit of E.B. White: http://shoreacres.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/pens-and-pics-a-cautionary-tale/

[3] Chris Jones with 20 things that should rarely, if ever, appear in your copy: http://sonofboldventure.blogspot.com/2011/05/no.html#more

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