Enough is Enough: An Economy of Words

Often, but not always, less is more. I note this today as I reflect upon those times when I’m wrestling with an idea or concept and sometimes, to pin it down, I have to use far more words than when the idea is fully formed in my mind. It’s like the rough idea is a nebulous, thrashing shadow requiring a tangle of luminous words to reveal its form. Sometimes, more words are needed to fully describe a thought, a theme, a feeling, and to fully encompass an idea; even then, those aren’t really more words, they are merely the proper amount of words required. Nothing less and, hopefully, nothing more.

Try to task yourself with stripping away the excess from your next draft and let the true worth and weight of your words shine through.

Until next time, I bid you, dear reader, adieu!


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