RE: Teaching a practical business writing class

Subject: RE: Teaching a practical business writing class
From: "Technical Writing Plus" <doc-x -at- earthlink -dot- net>
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Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:45:50 -0600

Those two things are both true. Writing, and editing (I guess that I am more
of an editor), both involve balancing. You can choose to make something
elegantly (nay, cryptically?) short or wordingly long.

I've edited things imperfectly - by which I mean: if I had my druthers I
would have made the English as succinct and to the point as possible, but
owing to time commitments and client budget constraints, I could not go and
re-do everything.

Reminds me of another aphorism: If you cannot say it in just a few words,
then perhaps it is not worth saying.

Jim Jones

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Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 9:17 AM

Reminds me of something attributed to George Bernard Shaw: "I'm sorry this
letter is so long, I didn't have time to make it shorter."

"If the same idea can be expressed in a simple way or in a complex way, the
simple way is better--and, paradoxically, it will typically lead readers to
conclude that the writer is smarter." Bryan Garner, Garner's Modern American
Usage (2003)


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