I’m a little shocked this still needs to be said, because it’s just about the only lesson I remember from every writing class I ever took. And I’m really shocked that a blog post about omitting needless words and writing clearly is so repetitive and fractured. But just so we’re clear: be concise.
Holy crap. Did we forget that great writers sweat over sentence structure and word choice? Read some Hemingway or Steinbeck whydontcha!
Update: I have a modern, blogging example of this: Jorn Barger’s blogging and writing are so concise as to be nearly uncompressible.
Update 2: It further occurs to me that there’s a term for uncompressible, unskimable text that distills only the essence of meaning: poetry.
On one hand this is my (semi-)annual license plate posting. On the other hand, we’re in Texas, which tends to rave in favor of the machine. And yet, this still gets to me:
Yeah, it’s right there in the upper left:
“Texas, Fight Terrorism, 9/11/01, REMEMBER” or some ordering thereof. Because I know you forgot.
Fortunately, the god plates still cost more.
In case Vista hasn’t pushed you over the edge into Ludditism, there’s always Surface.
Update: I probably should have noted… that link is not the tired demo you’ve seen a million times but a great parody thereof.
Yes means no; no means fuck you. Fortunately Apple fans are already well-trained masochistic subs.