Paper-writing seminar

11 10 2014

Misha went to a paper-writing seminar in OVC last week, and the speaker (Judith Bell) gave him her excellent slides for us all to see. I loved her word cutting examples, since this is my favourite editing job (I’m convinced that nearly all sentences can be cut by 10% orScreen Shot 2014-10-11 at 5.30.16 PM more without losing meaning; I also find word-lopping strangely relaxing).

I wonder why lean sentences read so much better. Maybe getting more actual information per minute of reading makes the writer seem more erudite?