"I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead."
That quote captures an essence of writing. In a shorter piece, every word does more work. There's nowhere for junk to hide. You can't cover up or caveat-away bad points.
Rambling is easier than succinctness. If you ramble on for long enough, eventually people get your drift.
But you waste people's time.
I should work on this.
I love this quote. Focusing on clear, short and simple forces discipline.
It helps me to think of a Japanese rock garden as I write. Clear, simple, elegant. Cut away anything that doesn't communicate your main points.
To see what I mean, click here: http://bit.ly/oFyA0E
Another great quote:
"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do."
- Thomas Jefferson
From a reader -
Just a thought - You probably get several requests for advice, inputs etc. Do you not get overwhelmed?
Indeed, my email/people contacting me volume has gone up massively a lot. Like, a whole lot.
Do I get overwhelmed? Well, I reckon there's two things people usually call "overwhelmed" -
1. A short term overwhelmed feeling, like when you've got to do 6 hours of things, but you've got a flight in 3 hours.
Working on a new song - the BetterThanYourBoyfriend.com theme song (try rhyming that). I have a really exciting guest artist who is going to do the last verse, but I figured it might take me a long time to get him to finish his part, so here it is for your listening pleasure : Better Than Your Boyfriend.
Feedback (negative and positive) is greatly appreciated. I listen to my songs so many times in a row that I can't tell if they're good, bad, and specifically what needs work. A few parts don't have the best enunciation, but that will be fixed later, and the end trails off because I haven't finished the verse.