Pithier Posts

I’ve been practicing brevity lately in terms of blogging, realizing, posts shouldn’t be the length of War and Peace.

I have 1,571 posts in my archives, and if you read the earlier ones, boy…did I need an editor.

“In writing, you must kill all your darlings,” said William Faulkner, as hard as it may be.

Hemingway’s version of that and I’ll paraphrase…if there’s a line or phrase you can’t live without, that’s when you know, it has to go.

Humility on the page, has it’s honorable place.

Readers want to be entertained and inspired quickly without too much of an investment, and I’m no exception.

I like reading a sharp, spare piece that produces a sigh and swift smile.

It’s also a good exercise to keep a post under 500 words…weeding out your imagination.

Writing is such an art, organic and godlike in its arrival, but I feel we need to carry less luggage on the page, for ourselves as well as our faithful followers.

A Thingirl’s two cents.

SB

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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17 Responses to Pithier Posts

  1. Bravo! I don’t mind reading posts that are slightly longer but they damn well better be worth it! Speaking for myself, I have the attention span of a flea so 500 words is good.

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  2. Yours are NEVER too long, Susannah. I follow a few verbose people. If a post gets tedious, I scan it until I lose interest and click out. It will get a “like” only if I read the whole thing.

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  3. Kira says:

    I’m in trouble then. I’m very verbose and very few of my blogs are under 500 words. I enjoy reading longer blogs though so I hope there are people who enjoy reading mine.

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  4. micklively says:

    I agree, albeit with the tiny caveat that you don’t want to lose the conversational character, that makes your posts so personal. Like a shaggy dog, obedience is good but too obedient is bad. We want pets with character, not automatons.

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  5. Gail Kaufman says:

    I agree. Even reading books, I tend to read one chapter at a time and then do something else before reading on, unless the book is a real page-turner and I have the time. But the stars do not align that often.

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  6. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I enjoy your posts long or short. Nothing wrong with mixing it up. Either way, it’s a great way to start my morning before leaving for work.

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  7. Can I get a Halleluiah?
    This is a lesson I am trying to learn. Just write is right!!

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