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Why should we write in clear and concise prose?Why is it important to write in clear and concise prose?

Why should we write in clear and concise prose?

Why is it important to write in clear and concise prose?

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marypmc | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Using clear and concise prose helps a writer communicate his or her message efficiently and with impact.   Careful and thoughtful word choice is an important factor in making sure that text remains on topic and sustains the readers attention.  Writing that it is vague or repetitive is ineffective.  It can interfere with the intended meaning or message in the text, and it can cause a reader to lose interest and focus on the information or position being presented.  Clear, concise prose is easy to understand and conveys that the author understands his or her audience. 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is important to write in clear and concise prose for two main reasons: to keep our reader's attention and to make sure our meaning is clear.

If your writing is long-winded instead of concise, and you just go on and on instead of keeping it short and sweet, you will bore or confuse your reader.  Keeping things simple keeps your meaning clear, and keeps your reader involved and motivated.  There are also times when you are writing to inform, and a person does not want to read a long, flowery answer.  For example, when we write enotes responses we try to keep them to around 90 words.  The idea is to tell the questioner what you need to know as simply and concisely as possible so you get the answer and be on your way!

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