Conciseness is a worthy goal. When I’m invited to write an article for a magazine, I might be given a 1200-word limit. If I write 1700 words, they won’t accept my article. I have to keep chopping out words, phrases, and sometimes entire paragraphs until I finally reach 1200. The process can be painful, especially if those words were written with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears! Every word we write seems important to us, doesn’t it? But having a word limit is an excellent practice in writing concisely ; it takes discipline to write within specific parameters, and it takes a good deal of bravery to remove words we’ve chosen with such care and feel attached to.
Reviewed by EUDORA WELTY