I’ve started and stopped writing more pieces than I can recall. I usually stop writing them because I realize I’m not going to be able to fully express what I’m thinking in less than several thousand words.
(Don’t worry, this post doesn’t fall prey to that problem.)
Amongst those thousands of words, it’s easy to lose elegence along the way. Heck, it’s easy to stumble with your words when you only use a few hundred.
I think it’s hard to accept that you’ll have to leave behind many of the nuances you think of along the way. As you’re trying to take your reader on a journey, the end of each sentence feels like a fork in the road. Perhaps you’re just taking them sight seeing, and it doesn’t matter which fork you take. More likely, you have a destination in mind. In either case, whether it matters which fork you take or not, you can only take one.
Occasionally you can circle back around to a point you couldn’t make before, but you musn’t terry. And you can only do so so many times. Preferably, you come back to the previous point to boost or complete another. But generally, your writing must continue on in a single, inextricably linear line.
Or not. If you’re like me, a choppy, non-sequiture filled piece may suite you just fine. What’s my point? Writing is hard. But you probably already knew that. Writing with a good balance of brevity and elegeance is very hard. But you probably knew that too.