Words on Brevity

If you bring that sentence in for a fitting, I can have it shortened by Wednesday. ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye, "The Gun"

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. ~Thomas Jefferson


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, Jr., The Elements of Style, 1918


Especially when blogging brevity is key. Because we are an instant gratification society we want information immediately. Short and to the point. That's why the best bloggers write short, concise posts with good information.

Being brief with your fiction is known as flash fiction.
How to write flash fiction.
If you're good at writing micro-fiction consider entering Women On Writing's Quarterly Flash Fiction contest. It is definitely a skill. Today practice by writing 2-3 flash fiction pieces 250-500 words. Now get back to work!
Lovingly,
The Writing Nag

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