Polish Your Prose

Montante, Sarah
May 2004
Literary Cavalcade;May2004, Vol. 56 Issue 8, p36
This article focuses on the art of writing prose. The goal of all writing is to communicate, and the ultimate measure of a work is clarity. Even the greatest of ideas are useless, unless the reader can't understand them. Good writing is simple, clear, and direct. On should try putting brackets around words that might be superfluous and then read the sentences without them. If no meaning has been sacrificed, extra words should be eliminated. One should also try to simply begin the thought where it begins and spare it to the reader to build it up.


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