Julie Warner

Marketing Assistant, Warners’ Stellian Appliance Co. (Minneapolis, MN)

‘Never use 20 words to explain something when simply writing the same sentence in five words conveys the same message.’ My red pen-cum-knife carved layers of word fat from our peers’ articles Mr. Rummler served us in our feature-writing course. Editing became my chosen appetizer and even improved the palatability of my own writing. ‘Don’t use 21 words when five words will do.’ I sharpened my pen further. One pass surely left flaws. ‘Use as few words as possible.’ Finally pleased – and out of time – I returned the sheet to my professor. Without skipping a beat, Mr. Rummler bested me: ‘Write succinctly.’

 

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