We’ve all been there.
The alarm goes off and we groan. Last night’s binge writing has left you bleary-eyed and tired. And yet here you are, facing the new day with a thousand different words on the tip of your tongue or fingertips. Your sole goal is to find a keyboard and get it all down before it is gone. You drop into the chair, fresh cup of coffee in hand, and prepare to write until your fingers won’t move anymore!
Stop! You woke up too wordy!
George Burns said, “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.”
And he was onto something.
Brevity, when meshed with a succinct message, can achieve writing perfection; too many words and the reader misses the point buried in an over abundance of adjectives. They miss the tree for the forest. Cut away all the other unnecessary pines, elms, birches and oaks and you’re left with what matters, what you don’t want the reader to miss.
Where am I going with this? Feel like you wonder that each time you peruse my blog posts? Yeah, me too.
We as humans have become hellbent to squeeze every last thought into words and share it with the world; irrelevant, disorganized, ill-informed, and disinterring. In short, we overshare everything. Those of you nodding your heads right now could quite possibly be the worst offenders. Worse, a new definition of the word “rant” has evolved into someone complaining about an undefined someone directed at no one but shared with every one.
See what I did there?
In short – there goes my brevity – if we all thought long and hard about what we wanted to say to the world, considered the words and what our message was, many of the unnecessary trees would be cleared from view to leave the ones that mattered to you most; the ones you wanted is to see and hear.
Remember: just because you CAN share everything doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
Did I just overshare my thoughts here?