From William Strunk, Jr.:
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 a writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail…but that every word tell.
Writing is 1/3 of the job. Getting rid of the extra words, sentences, and paragraphs is the other 2/3s of creating.
Reference: I never metaphor I didn’t like by Dr. Mardy Grothe (2008) Harper Collins Publishing
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