I’m learning to write succinct sentences.
It’s becoming easier to cut out extra words.
But there’s a problem with learning:
Suddenly you see problems that need to be fixed.
Example: When I read a book about listening, I start noticing people with good — or bad listening habits.
Because I’m currently focused on succinct writing, I’ve now been tempted to mentally edit wordy talkers.
Sometimes I wish I could edit/delete:
- that energetically winding rabbit trail that goes nowhere before it reaches the
- the elaborate sideline speech about a neighbor’s dental work before we revisit
- the same phrase you just said a minute ago and the
- day’s news told three times, three different ways
Maybe I just need to enhance my listening skills…but are you ever inclined to edit talk?