Good Writing Is Concise

“A successful book is not made up of what is in it, but what is left out of it.” —Mark Twain

I couldn’t have said that better myself. In fact, I often find myself pouring over many of Mark Twain’s famous quotes and opinions about writing. He was a master of clarity, conciseness, and the dry wit.

Here’s some advice from the legendary Mark Twain about concise writing:

“I never write metropolis for seven cents when I can get the same for city. I never write policeman when I can get the same for cop.”

Twain also once wrote, ‘Eschew surplusage’ in an effort to emphasize how important concise writing is in helping the reader easily understand the message the writer wants to convey. (Here’s the URL for the online Merriam Webster dictionary site, in case you want to look up the definition of those words.)

But how can you write concisely? Try this daily writing practice to help you make your writing more concise:

Every day spend five minutes writing about any subject that interests you. The only guideline is that you must write using only one syllable words. I know this sounds difficult, however, I believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the amazing word pictures you will write.

I invite you to dip your pen into the Inkwell and share your one-syllable essay with us or tips about how you make sure you write concisely.

Write On With Confidence!

The Writers Inkwell Muse

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