Constructive criticism

The Elements of StyleA second round of thoughts on some work I’m doing hits the inbox:

Take the Strunk and White principle of “less is more” and apply it mercilessly and see what the outcome is.

I look left, and on the second shelf up find the reference. It’s the Third Edition, which I bought used from the university bookstore more than two decades ago.

Several years back I myself suggested The Elements of Style to someone. They told me they didn’t have time to read any books.

I at once took that as a “screw you” and that they didn’t care much about what they were creating either. You can surmise how it turned out.

I look at my latest piece, immediately recognizing exactly where my critic is coming from.

Then I decide I’d rather not make the same mistake.


Marshall Cutchin says:

Short is good.

Pete McD says:

“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector.” –Hemingway*

(*And that one professor I had with a drinking problem.)

Bjorn says:

So are emoticons the pinical of literary excellence? 😉

Marshall Cutchin says:

Emotes for short.

That’s it…I’m going 100% emoticons from here on out. And a splash of phonetic symbols for those who don’t understand this: 😀