June 9, 2004

Omit Needless Words
If it’s possible to be mentored by a dead stranger, I’ve been mentored by William Strunk, Jr. who said:

“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.”

–William Strunk, Jr.

This is a favorite quote of mine. Creative Screenwriting‘s daily email people reminded me of that today, and got me thinking. What are words you consider needless, in a philosophical, literal, or humorous sense?

Put it in the comments.

Noise: Nirvana, “Lithium”


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