Writing: Keep it simple

In Nuce--Writing: Keep it simple
Source: Child Classics, Third Reader
Hold on to your hats, folks. This is sentence week.

We've been taught that every sentence has at minimum one subject, one predicate, and that it should be a complete thought expressed in words

However, William Minto, author of Plain Principles of Prose, says those guidelines are no help to a beginner.

Focus instead, he says, on keeping it simple:
The grand object in all writing for purposes of instruction is the easy communication of your thoughts to your readers

Then he gives us two rules:
  1. Don't overcrowd your sentences.
  2. Put your words in the right places.
More about those “right places” later.

Source: Minto.

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