“Whenever there’s something wrong with your writing, suspect that there’s something wrong with your thinking. Perhaps your writing is unclear because your ideas are unclear. Think, read, learn some more. When your egg is ready to hatch, it’ll hatch. In the meantime, sit on it a bit longer.” (10)
“For some writers, once is not enough. They don’t beat a dead horse; they beat atotallydead horse. They use modifiers that say the same thing as the words they modify. For them, every fact is atruefact. They don’t expedite; theyspeedilyexpedite. They don’t smell a stench; they smell amalodorousstench. In other words, they’re redundant. Or as they might put it,superfluouslyredundant.” (81)
“Writers play this game when they don’t have the courage to be honest.