Quick: How many words was your last blog post or article? Under 100? 500? 1,000? Did you get your message across? How do you know? Could you have said it in fewer words without losing its essence? What would have been the benefit of doing so?
These are just a few of the questions addressed in Dr. Roy Peter Clark’s How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times, publication 2013. “A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes…,” Clark shares many historical and contemporary examples, annotated to help the reader see the value in and purpose for, short-form communication. Grace Notes help put ideas into (approachable) practice.
Both the title and the cover design caught my eye a few months ago. Life came first. I finished How to Write Short last week, chuckling – and highlighting – to the last page. This book speaks to my writing sensibilities. Turns out I’ve been a short-form writer all along!
Texts, tweets, t-shirts …. all part of my writing real estate, and all represented in this book.
Six words? Got ‘em covered nearly every Wednesday! (that’s six by the way)
Lists? Love them.
Sticky notes? Queen of…
Margins. Text annotation.
word count? 212 😉