William Strunk Jr.’s Theme

From the book, The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

Vigorous writing is concise. 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. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

For the last two weeks, I’ve been rereading Strunk and White’s, The Elements of Style.  The above passage from the book is exactly how I want to write.  Do I always achieve this goal?  Not at all.  I’d be happy if I achieved this goal every once and a while on this blog.  The above passage is really the goal of this blog.  This blog is not about making money.  It’s about helping me become a better writer by committing to write every day.  That’s the purpose.  I don’t do a lot of editing on each of my posts, simply, because I don’t have a lot of extra time.  Some days, I’m lucky if I even have enough time to type out a few words into the WordPress editor.

Though that’s not an excuse for putting out a low quality post.  Writing every day and rereading books like this one are part of my yearly goal of continuously improving my writing.