A wise reader, and good friend, suggested my writing could stand some reduction, that I use big words and end up being unclear. She’s smart, and I’m sure she’s right. She gave me a challenge: If I ever feel the need to use a word of seven letters or more, she said, I shouldn’t. And if I can’t avoid it? Well, then I should, but only if I, as punishment, reduce the length of the piece of writing in question by fifty percent.
“That’s a bit draconian, isn’t it?” I said.
“See? Words like ‘draconian,'” she said. “Totally unnecessary.”
I don’t think I can avoid long words. Or reduce the length of my posts by half. But I can edit myself a bit. The nature of (my) blogging is that I tend not to do too much of that. I tend to write and press “publish.” Sometimes I wait a day or two before pressing publish. But I tend not to edit much.
Maybe I’ll start….