Writing Clean and Spare

I work at brevity, to kill off my darlings, a quote attributed to writer, William Faulkner, since my essays can often rival Gone With the Wind.

I think blog readers have a shorter attention span, so it behooves one’s readership to remember this.

I went back and read some oldies and boy, did they need editing. No wonder only three people read them since, who has the time?

But I remind myself, it’s all a part of the learning process, to omit needless words, as Stephen King says, taken from the classic book, Elements of Style.

One of my favorite blogs is Patricia’s Place  because she has the gift of clean and spare, as if each word she pens is delicately placed on the page without too much fuss or fanfare.

She selects and polishes, shaves and shapes, like an expert barber snipping split ends.

Of course it looks easier than it is, whittling words, but it inspires me to do the same, or at least try to pare down what it is I’m trying to say.

The definition of brevity…concise and exact use of words in writing or speech.

The economy of language…succinct, crisp, short and sweet.

A talent for pithiness getting your point across clearly, without dressing it up like a woman wearing too many pearls.

Quality over quantity penned in ones humble truth, is certainly the writer I aspire to be.

Like Patricia… 🙂






About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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16 Responses to Writing Clean and Spare

  1. Gail Kaufman says:

    I’ve read blog posts that are too long to hold my attention, but I never placed any of yours in that category. Not too long. Not too short. The Goldilocks of blogs, actually.

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    • Well hello Madam, you’ve been MIA. That’s such a nice thing to say, but I truly try to tighten everything I write, and it’s a challenge. I admire those who can kill off their words without tears. But I appreciate your bon mots, if you will. 🙂


  2. Some time ago you wrote about brevity, and I’ve tried to keep my words under control ever since. I like Patricia’s prose, too.

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  3. Hahaha! I love Gail’s description of “The Goldilocks of blogs” it’s perfect. I’ve never been bored reading your work. Your stories allow us to walk beside you in Central Park or ride the subway with you to Brooklyn. We’ve been to fancy lounges, museums, churches, commercial sets, doctor’s appointments, we’ve laughed, cried, had cocktails, petted dogs, talked to babies, watched nature in action, told people off, and showed mercy to strangers along the way. You provide history lessons, life lessons, grammar lessons, and lessons on how to be kind, generous, grateful, and not a fuck. You provide us with a brief getaway from our realities while connecting us to something new in 500 words or less. That, my friend, is how it’s done ❤

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  4. Patricia says:

    Thank you for your kind words. You are a always so encouraging! We all have our own style of writing. Yours is quite wonderful and sometimes delightfully wicked and never overly long. Keep on with what you are doing. 😺

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  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, some of your blogs are longer or shorter than others, but I’ve never thought any were too long. Always an enjoyable start to my morning.
    I did technical writing for about ten years and was paid by the word. You better believe I trimmed the excess fat or I wouldn’t have lasted long.

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  6. Eilene Lyon says:

    Seems like you manage to meet that goal regularly.😊
    It is hard to murder one’s darlings, but we must harden our hearts to improve our writing.

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  7. Yours are always short and sweet; makes them easy to read in breaks at work. 🙂 I saw someone post a whole novel once as a blog post. I don’t know anyone with time to read that.

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