- "Substitute "damn" every time you’re inclined to write "very." Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be." Here, Twain offers some advice that can help writers young and old learn to express themselves more clearly. By eliminating unnecessary words, you’ll make your writing more precise and ultimately more effective, even if today we don’t find damn as objectionable as they did in Twain’s time.
I recently enjoyed Ken Burns' documentary on Mark Twain, learning quite a lot I didn't know about this American master. Here is some of his timeless advice on the craft of writing.