The Elements of Style

woman writing


Don’t explain too much; avoid fancy words;

do not take shortcuts at the cost

of clarity; prefer standard to the offbeat;

make sure the reader knows who’s speaking

do not use dialect; revise and rewrite.

a found ronka poem from The Elements of Style

E.B. White is perhaps best known for Charlotte’s Web, but also contributed to the standard English-language style manual, The Elements of Style, originally written by William Strunk Jr.