Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.
- John Ruskin
One of my main struggles when I write is trying to keep my writing concise.
Concise (adj.) - giving a lot of information clearly and in a few words; brief but comprehensive.
Determined, I began chiseling away from both ends; SUBMIT, again!
And again, and again, and again…
MORE REPEATING + MORE EXPLAINING ≠ MORE UNDERSTANDING!
Unfortunately, this is a scenario that has seemed to play itself out over and over again and has been since I started writing over a decade ago. In fact, I have dozens of posts started for blogging purposes, chalk full of quotes, thoughts, ideas, life stories, etc. that I haven't been able to tweak in just the right way while keeping it concise!
So, I'm setting a beginning GOAL:
3,500 characters with spaces
(Includes graphics, text boxes, etc.)
By putting a limit on my writing, I can, both consciously and subconsciously, implement the concept of being concise, challenging me to pack a lot of punch in as few words as possible.
Albert Einstein once said, "If you can't explain it to a six-year old, you don't understand it yourself." These words are a challenge to me to learn and to grow in understanding before I take to the keyboard with psychobabble.
If I cannot be concise (clear, comprehensive, and brief) while explaining a topic, then perhaps I should go back and learn it again.