Chapter Seven

Write Concise, Confident, And Credible Sentences

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.

Your writing is your baby. Delivering it to the world, you open yourself to criticism. Imagine someone taking your creation, gently folding back the pages, and saying, “My, that is one ugly baby.” In truth, all writers create a few ugly babies. Wordiness, grammatical errors, and misused words damage a writer’s credibility and authority. That is why all good writers edit their work.


This section provides eleven rules for writing sentences that are clear, concise, and correct.

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