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Write Less, Say More: The Power of Brevity

Although this article aims at cover letters for resumes, all writers can read it with profit.

When it comes to great writing, less is more. But even if you’re familiar with the mantra to “omit needless words,” tightening your writing is harder than it looks….


Neologism Alert!

What’s with this “Areal” Flood Watch that the National Weather Service is reporting? When did it become necessary to add an L to area in order to use it as an adverb?

Or do we have a spelling problem here? Perhaps I should check to see if the satellite radios in the cars are working.


Comments On Style

Use double quotes for direct quotations only.  A direct quote is something that someone actually said or wrote.  Vernacular, such as hillbilly and hushpuppy, are not quotes and should not be emphasized without good reason.  If they do not stand on their own without emphasis, they should be replaced with more appropriate words.

Use single quotes for internal quotations (quotes inside other quotes).  If you are British, you may reverse that — the only permissible exception in formal writing.

If you absolutely cannot help yourself, use italics for emphasis.  Generally speaking, it is best to let the reader find her own emphasis in your writing.  In any case, don’t use “quotes” for ’emphasis’ as I just did — ever.

Go now, and sin no more.