I've been writing constantly as a professional for the past 14 years. The one thing I have learned? Make it simple. If you are wondering if you need to cut a few words, you probably do. Here are a few additional inspiring quotes that offer similar advice.

1. "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Benjamin Franklin

2. "Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific term or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent." George Orwell

3. "Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret." Matthew Arnold

4. "A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts." William Strunk Jr.

5. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Albert Einstein

6. "How many of us, I wonder, when faced with pretentious gobbledygook and empty jargon, experience a kick start into despair mode?" Prince Charles

7. "When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'One word at a time.'" Stephen King

8. "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." Mark Twain

9. "The art of communication is the language of leadership." James Humes

10. "Be sincere; be brief; be seated." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Published on: May 7, 2015
The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.