Quote of the Day – On Brevity

Mark Twain:

"I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief
sentences. That is the way to write English – it is the modern way and
the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity
creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean
utterly, but kill most of them – then the rest will be valuable. They
weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are
wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit,
once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice."

I love this quote.  I found it looking for this quote: "Brevity is a virtue."  I cannot locate that one on Google, and I'm not at the library so can't use a good old reference tome for it. 

I am tired of authors who put out ridiculously long books with very small plots.  It is the worst kind of vanity.  And it is usually not worthy text.  Where are the editors?

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3 thoughts on “Quote of the Day – On Brevity

  1. Great quote — and I completely agree — I was looking over some of my favorite books from SF-fantasy from ~20y ago — they were all about 250-400pp…. now you can't find one coming in under 700. It's turned me off to nearly the whole genre.

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