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Afraid that my writing style is too abstract?

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Replies to: Afraid that my writing style is too abstract?

  • mackinawmackinaw 3040 replies54 threads Senior Member
    Follow-up to my preceding coment. "Elements of Style" was my favorite book in college.

    Rule No. 1. 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. and E.B. WHITE
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  • RayMantaRayManta 221 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Elements of Style was written 60 years ago.
    My favorite more recent book on the writing process is "Writing Tools," by Roy Peter Clark, which is indespensible. Or, really, anything by Roy, who is widely considered one of the top writing coaches in the country. I can't recommend it enough.
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