Shorter sentences.

by Danielle Cooley

In a piece for the New York Times Opinionator blog, Roy Peter Clark (@RoyPeterClark) extols the virtues of the short sentence.

I learned an important lesson, somewhat unwittingly, on July 19, 1975, while watching an interview with two of my favorite writers, William F. Buckley Jr. and Tom Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe was making fun of an art critic who had begun an essay with the sentence “Art and ideas are one.”
“Now, I must give him credit for this,” said Mr. Wolfe. “If you ever have a preposterous statement to make … say it in five words or less, because we’re always used to five-word sentences as being the gospel truth.”
The five-word sentence as the gospel truth.

The full post is worth a read, particularly if you are a writer.