The Old Man and the Sea

First of all, good morning. I hope you’ve had as restful a weekend as me. 

Today’s post is a simple lesson in being concise, as much as you can. In what you say & what you write.

There is a lot of fluff out there. Needless verbiage. Hot air.  

The title of this post – as the picture gives away – happens to be the title of a book by Ernest Hemingway. It is just 112 pages long. 

He tells a story – I won’t spoil it for you – and in your minds eye you are there in a heartbeat. It is a masterclass in how to tell a story whilst using the least amount of words possible. 

The leanest story you ever read but by God, the most vivid. 

Dr Suess achieved a similar feat when he wrote The Cat And The Hat using just 220 words that children could understand. (he wrote it specifically for children in response to the states’ claim that children didn’t want to read) 

What was it Shakespeare said? ‘Brevity is the soul of wit’ 

Remember that next time you’re tempted to hold fort or you find yourself writing War & Peace when just a paragraph would do. 

Adios amigos. Until tomorrow anyway…

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