Less Is More

One of the things I’ve learned lately is: less is more.

The less wordy you are, the more impact you have. Like this.

The less you tell, the more you reveal.

In their classic book, The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White wrote, “Rich, ornate prose is hard to digest, generally unwholesome, and sometimes nauseating.” (How’s that for a sensational sentence?)

My husband, Jonny, has a friend who gives such a long-winded explanation that sometimes, when he’s in the middle of circling and circling with his stories, Jonny tells him, “Just land the plane!”

Get to the point. The worst thing a writer can do is go on and on.

The same holds true when we relate to others. Living our best chapter means not being a verbal spammer. If I give you a suggestion once, that’s fine. If I give you a follow-up reminder, that is OK, too. But if I tell you the same thing for a third time, then I’m becoming a broken record — a nag, a noodge, someone who’s trying to manipulate you to do what I want when I want it. Then you’d stop listening to me after a while.

Sometimes more doesn’t make the most. Less is better. Less is more.

 

Advertisements

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
This entry was posted in How to Change Your Life, Relationships and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Less Is More

  1. Hi Diana,
    I prefer shorter, punchier blog posts…both reading them & delivering them. It’s the type of word used not the number
    be good to yourself
    David

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s