Mastering the Art of Simple Writing: Mark Twain’s Timeless Advice

To celebrate Mark Twain’s birthday, here’s some writing advice he gave to a student named D.W. Bowser:
I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English—it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.”

5 Steps To Help You Simplify Your Writing

  • Use simple words.
  • Choose short words for clarity.
  • Keep sentences concise.
  • Edit to remove unnecessary content.
  • Look to authors like Hemingway or Orwell who excel in simple writing.
Your readers will thank you for it.


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