One of my pillars of good non-fiction writing is brevity.

Essentially, brevity means saying things in the most economical way. A good writer does not give the reader anything he or she does not need. Writing is like a good watch. It should function smoothly with no extra parts getting in the way.

Generally in writing, short is better than long. Short words are better than long words. Don’t use ‘numerous’ when you can use ‘many’. Don’t use ‘assistance’ when you can use ‘help’. Short sentences are better than long sentences. Short paragraphs are better than long paragraphs.

And why is this so?

Quite simply, because readers comprehend more when you keep things brief.


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