My Favorite Writing Advice

JFK's copy of The Elements of Style

This has turned out to be a week to celebrate favorites. Here's some inspiration I found at the Kennedy Library here in Beantown.



Of course, JFK was heavily influenced by Strunk & White. Then again, who hasn't?

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 his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

WILLIAM STRUNK, JR.