I am in the middle of my triennial tradition of reading “On Writing Well“, the masterpiece by William Zinsser. I love his bidding for brevity:
Examine every word you put on paper. You’ll find a surprising number that don’t serve any purpose.
It reminds me of the same edict from Winston Churchill in 1940:
To do our work, we all have to read a mass of papers. Nearly all of them are far too long.
And his followup document in 1951:
In 1940 I called for brevity. Evidently I must do so again.
I’m not sure if I like his consistency more or his shock that people would drift from his decree after a mere 11 years.
Either way, I approve.