The Gift of the Word

People ask me how I manage to write so much. The answer to that is that I write so much because I’m not good enough of a writer.

I admire people like Seth Godin, who can publish a complete thought – beginning, middle and end – in three sentences. Three sentences! That is what it means to know how to write well.

I don’t mean that good writers never write more than three sentences. There may be a good reason to write 1000, 2000 or 8000 words. The Lord of the Rings can be summarized on a page, but this would never be the ultimate version of the work.

But the ability to convey a complete idea in as few words as possible? Doing so is a sign of mastery.

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