Ninth Law: Every Word Counts
One difference between an amateur writer and someone who has studied the craft is that the expert relentlessly eliminates unnecessary words. You won’t see “all of the” in his work. Redundant phrases are tossed out. Sentences are rearranged to promote economy of expression. Each and every word pulls its weight.
A difference between the master and the expert is that the true wordsmith not only utilizes brevity but chooses perfect expressions to set mood and develop character. He considers emotional connotation. His character might say “all of the,” but the inclusion of “of” tells the reader something about that character.
This principle is one of the reasons writing is so difficult to master. Power of the Mages will consist of around 120,000 words. It’s hard to string together the perfect sentence, much less an eighth of a million words.
I do not in any way, form, or fashion claim to be a master or even an expert. I’m just someone who is striving to improve. From my experience, I can tell you that the more I concentrate on my word choice, the better my writing becomes.