With the explosion of content with modern technology, space in publications is becoming increasingly precious–meaning that writers are having to write increasingly short. As a micro-example: Twitter, anyone?
Carlos Lozada, Outlook editor of The Washington Post, touches upon this and other short-writing tips covered by Roy Peter Clark in his article, “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.” He lists out his five confessions:
- I edit with a tweet in mind.
- I love lists.
- Sometimes, I write the headline first.
- The writer and editor in me don’t like each other.
- Everything I do has been done before.
His explanations and full article are here. Do you have other ways of keeping things concise?