Adam Patterson | September 13th, 2013

Even the best writers are guilty of cramming too many thoughts into a single sentence.

That’s because the writer’s job is to render life in all of its phantasmagoric glory. It’s too tempting to squeeze everything in.

Sometimes the convoluted approach is warranted to evoke atmosphere. The great American writer William Faulkner, in fact, is revered for his complex style. But for most types of writing, brevity is a virtue.

Life is complicated. Clarity is valuable. The short sentence is still king.

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