The Art of Concise Writing

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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 in his classic text The Elements of Style.

What is Concise Writing?

Writers often strive to achieve conciseness in their work. But what exactly does it mean to be concise?

People often equate conciseness to short sentences. However, short sentences itself doesn’t guarantee conciseness. The sentence may be short but still unclear. Technical Writers value conciseness since it reduces reading time and often results in lower production and translation costs.

Conciseness means to provide information clearly and in very few words. The word concise has its root in the Late Latin word “concisus” which means ‘to cut short’. Words are precious and should be treated like money- spend them only when there is a…

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