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.