Resist the urge to write bombastic sentences
When writing, it’s easy to get caught up in using grandiose language and convoluted sentence structures in an effort to sound sophisticated or knowledgeable.
I get it.
You want to impress your reader.
However, the reality is that this approach can often detract from the intended message.
As a consequence, this effect leaves the reader feeling lost, bored or confused with what you want to mean.
Less is really MOAR
That’s where the concept of “less is more” comes in.
Simple, concise writing can be much more effective in getting your point across. And you’ll even be shamazed in knowing that simplicity will make your audience more engaged in your conversation.
By stripping away unnecessary words and focusing on clarity, you can create writing that is impactful and memorable.
How to write short, simple & concise ?!
So, how can you put this principle into practice? Here are a few actionable steps.
1. Know your audience
Before you start writing, take the time to understand who your audience is and what they want to get out of your piece.
This will help guide you in selecting the most relevant information and using language that is accessible to your readers.
2. Use concrete examples
Rather than relying on abstract concepts, use concrete examples to illustrate your points.
This will make your writing more relatable and easier for your audience to understand.
3. Keep sentences short and sweet
Aim for short, simple sentences that get straight to the point.
This will help maintain your reader’s focus and keep their attention on the content of your writing.
Always ask yourself:
- Will my reader need to pull a dictionary (or google) to look for the meaning of that word or jargon that I just used?
- Are they going to be confused?
If any of the above is a YES, you have yourself a deal! Rephrase that word or sentence to make it simple!
4. Use active voice
Writing in the active voice (as opposed to passive voice) makes your writing more direct and engaging.
Instead of saying “The ball was hit by Shamazle,” say “Shamazle hit the ball.”
See the difference there?
5. Edit, edit, edit
The key to great writing is revision.
Take the time to read over your writing and make cuts where necessary. Be ruthless in removing any words or phrases that don’t add to the overall impact of your piece.
Here’s where to get concrete inspiration
If you’re looking for further inspiration, check out the works of:
- Ernest Hemingway
- George Orwell
- James Baldwin
These renowned writers of the 20th century are all known for their simple, direct writing style.
Ernest Hemingway was an American writer known for his concise and direct writing style, as well as his innovative use of dialogue. He is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
George Orwell was an English writer and journalist. He is best known for his dystopian novels “1984” and “Animal Farm,” which are considered classics of modern literature.
James Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, and social critic. He wrote about the experience of being black in America and his work explored themes of race, sexuality, and identity. Baldwin is considered one of the most important voices in the Civil Rights Movement and a prominent figure in American literature.
As goes the saying: “old is gold”. Studying these (old, but golden) writers can be a wise step for your journey!
The SECRET to writing GOOD (even on Twitter)
- LESS is MORE
- Strive for simplicity in words & ideas
This, if you do and keeps practicing → leads to powerful & impactful writing.
So, simple writing can be much more effective in getting your point across and engaging your audience. By stripping away unnecessary words and focusing on clarity, you can create writing that is impactful and memorable.
Don’t overcomplicate, let your words speak for themselves!
Happy writing! Hope you enjoyed this daily insightful piece of writing to help you on your journey! Do leave me a feedback!