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"Be concise."

I have always had the same problem. In a nutshell, I found the trouble is I over-explain and go on relevant but unnecessary tangents. Somewhere in those 5000 words will be one or two core ideas I wanted to express and in re-reading my own message I can often whittle it back down to just that. Sometimes I delete my entire message and re-write it, now that I know what core ideas I want to express.

One thing I think helped me and which you might try, as silly as it sounds, is poetry.

I would suggest that poetry is the art of describing a thing as accurately and concisely as possible. The format makes it difficult to ramble because every line takes more than the usual amount of thought. We ramble because it's easy and good form poetry isn't easy. I feel like the practice of poetry -- of trying to fit a format -- helps me think about my day to day writing as well. Did I really need to say all that? Could I have gotten the idea across more clearly with fewer words? The answer is generally yes.

"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." - Mark TwainMark Twain Blaise Pascal

"Be concise."

I have always had the same problem. In a nutshell, I found the trouble is I over-explain and go on relevant but unnecessary tangents. Somewhere in those 5000 words will be one or two core ideas I wanted to express and in re-reading my own message I can often whittle it back down to just that. Sometimes I delete my entire message and re-write it, now that I know what core ideas I want to express.

One thing I think helped me and which you might try, as silly as it sounds, is poetry.

I would suggest that poetry is the art of describing a thing as accurately and concisely as possible. The format makes it difficult to ramble because every line takes more than the usual amount of thought. We ramble because it's easy and good form poetry isn't easy. I feel like the practice of poetry -- of trying to fit a format -- helps me think about my day to day writing as well. Did I really need to say all that? Could I have gotten the idea across more clearly with fewer words? The answer is generally yes.

"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." - Mark Twain

"Be concise."

I have always had the same problem. In a nutshell, I found the trouble is I over-explain and go on relevant but unnecessary tangents. Somewhere in those 5000 words will be one or two core ideas I wanted to express and in re-reading my own message I can often whittle it back down to just that. Sometimes I delete my entire message and re-write it, now that I know what core ideas I want to express.

One thing I think helped me and which you might try, as silly as it sounds, is poetry.

I would suggest that poetry is the art of describing a thing as accurately and concisely as possible. The format makes it difficult to ramble because every line takes more than the usual amount of thought. We ramble because it's easy and good form poetry isn't easy. I feel like the practice of poetry -- of trying to fit a format -- helps me think about my day to day writing as well. Did I really need to say all that? Could I have gotten the idea across more clearly with fewer words? The answer is generally yes.

"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." - Mark Twain Blaise Pascal

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"Be concise."

I have always had the same problem. In a nutshell, I found the trouble is I over-explain and go on relevant but unnecessary tangents. Somewhere in those 5000 words will be one or two core ideas I wanted to express and in re-reading my own message I can often whittle it back down to just that. Sometimes I delete my entire message and re-write it, now that I know what core ideas I want to express.

One thing I think helped me and which you might try, as silly as it sounds, is poetry.

I would suggest that poetry is the art of describing a thing as accurately and concisely as possible. The format makes it difficult to ramble because every line takes more than the usual amount of thought. We ramble because it's easy and good form poetry isn't easy. I feel like the practice of poetry -- of trying to fit a format -- helps me think about my day to day writing as well. Did I really need to say all that? Could I have gotten the idea across more clearly with fewer words? The answer is generally yes.

"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." - Mark Twain