Are you using concision in your writing?

I started my writing career in 2011 and since then I’ve read thousands of writers and bloggers. I found most of them making a common mistake. A mistake virtually no one is talking about in the blogosphere.

I suspect the reason why no blogger talks about this mistake is because some aspects of this grace of style require a knowledge of at least introductory grammar.

And since many readers are put off by grammatical details, perhaps no one is willing to take the risk.

The writing mistake

The mistake is to blabber and stretch and use too many words to say something that can be said in much fewer words. The mistake of not using concision or not writing tightly.

And this is something you should take very seriously. See for yourself what the god of blogging—Jon Morrow—said about the issue:

Tight writing isn’t just another one of those things that you should do. It’s becoming a matter of survival.

The following example illustrates what I mean:

Terrible: I have made all plans successfully and completely which therefore leads me to say that I will invest in stock market. (21 words)

Bad: I have made all plans completely which leads me to say I will invest in stock market. (17 words)

Still bad: I have completed all plans and therefore will invest in stock market. (12 words)

Good: I have planned to invest in stock market. (8 words)

All four sentences carry the same information. Yet the last one says it in the least amount of words and is therefore the best one as compared to others.

In trimming down the wordy sentence I have used a couple of techniques which I have discussed in my book. In it I have given plenty of examples on how this wordiness arises and how you can get rid of it.

Concision: A No-Grammar Guide to Good Writing is a book on the craft of writing explaining tight writing or what professional writers call the first grace of style.

As I said above this information has traditionally been reserved for those who know at least the basics of grammar.

However I referred to the relevant books and resources, extracted that information, and condensed it into simple English. An English which even a non-grammarian may understand.

Did I succeed?

Did you find the book useful?

Tell me in the comments below.

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