Write 5x more but write 5x less

Photo by James Pond on Unsplash

There are 2 things I have come to believe about writing:

  1. The average person should write 5x more things than they do.
  2. The average written thing should be 5x shorter than it is.

See? Write 5x more but write 5x less. Write more often, but make each thing you write shorter.

I don’t care what it is. Blog posts. Novels. Google docs. Articles. Wiki pages. Write more of them, but make them shorter.

Why write more often?

  • Because writing helps thinking.
  • Because practice will make you better.
  • Because writing is more shareable than speaking.
  • Because humans are worse than computers at storing knowledge.
  • Because writing your old thoughts frees your brain to think of new thoughts.

Why make them shorter?

  • Because the shorter it is, the more people will read it.
  • Because of the Pareto principle: 80% of the value is in 20% of the length (hence “5x shorter”).

So write more, but write less.

Originally published at http://critter.blog on October 2, 2020.

--

--

--

https://critter.blog

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Two Greatest Myths of Writer’s Block, and Two Lessons to Overcome it

What to Do When You’re Just Not Feeling It

Colorful geometric wall with one shape with many different colors

Confidence is Overrated; Determination is Everything

Best Hobbies for Writers

Head-to-tail and with a blank cheque

About Me — Georgia Jauslin

The creative life of Sofia Coppola

What You need to Know About Powerful Settings in Fiction

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Mike Crittenden

Mike Crittenden

https://critter.blog

More from Medium

How to Write a Pitch Or Write For Us Content That Will Get You Hired

Write for us

The First Fit

Academic Writing Versus Blogging