RE: Writing clearly

Subject: RE: Writing clearly
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 17:30:58 -0400

My favorite list is the Table of Contents of "The Elements of Style" by
Strunk and White. These precious gems include:

"Use the active voice."
"Put statements in positive form."
"Use definite, specific, concrete language."

And the three most beautiful words in the English language:

"Omit needless words."

"When [Will Strunk] delivered his oration on brevity to the class, he
leaned forward over his desk, grasped his coat lapels in his hands, and,
in a husky, conspiratorial voice, said, 'Rule Seventeen. Omit needless
words! Omit needless words! Omit needless words!'"

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Mateosian
> Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 3:55 PM
> Subject: Writing clearly
> I'm putting together a list of tips for writing clearly (for
> example, ensure that your pronouns have unambiguous
> antecedents). Contributions are welcome.
> I posted a similar request on the copyediting list. I suspect
> that this list will produce different suggestions. ...RM

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