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On Being Specific, Definite, and Concrete

. . . the surest way to arouse and hold the attention of the reader is by
being specific, definite, and concrete.
The greatest writers … are effective largely because…
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Omit Needless Words

Omit needless words. 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…
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Write With Nouns and Verbs

Write with nouns and verbs, not adjectives and adverbs.

~ William Strunk, Jr. (1869 – 1946)
American Professor of English at Cornell University,
Author of… 28 more words

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Review: Essays of E.B. White

Essays of E.B. White by E.B. White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is really no way for a man to put his arms around a big house plant and still remain a gentleman.

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Respect Your Reader's Intelligence

No one can write decently who is distasteful of the reader’s intelligence,
or whose attitude is patronizing.

~ E.B. White (1899 – 1985)
American writer and essayist, 47 more words

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Don't Write about Man, Write About a Man

Don’t write about Man; write about a man. 

~ E.B. White (1899 – 1985)
American writer and essayist,
creator of Charlotte’s Web,
and the man who updated and edited  35 more words

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