Brevity is a virtue. Tight writing is reader-friendly.
In Writing to Persuade, Trish Hall, a former editor of The New York Times op-ed page writes:
Tight doesn’t mean dull. It means consciously choosing your words and your sentence structure. Go back over the words until you are certain the reader doesn’t have to make undue effort to read, but can sink into the sentences like a bath. No friction.
Look at Hall’s quote above. It’s tight, but it’s not dull. Her original image of “sink into the sentence like a bath” grabbed my attention. I keep turning it over in my head.
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