Tips for Concise Writing
Writing about music is a form of technical writing. As such, to be most useful, it needs to be crafted concisely. The goal is to help your readers understand the concept quickly, and put it into practice immediately.
The following list comes from my seminar, Ten Tips for Concise Writing. I hope that you find them useful.
Ten Tips for Concise Writing
1. Hate verbiage. Words
3. Right-size it.
6. Omit redundancy
7. Keep sentences short. ,
8. Begin strong.
9. Stop writing once you’ve said it—even if it means nine tips, rather than ten.
When you're trying to make text as clear and concise as possible, try keeping these three simple questions ("Feist's Trident") foremost in your mind:
1. What's the big idea?
2. What's in?
3. What's out?
In other words, what are you trying to say, and what is the clearest way to say it? This can help you craft language to be useful to your reader, without the distraction of unnecessary words.
Jonathan Feist is Managing Editor of Berklee Press.