Write Less, Say More

When it comes to writing, the author says that shorter is better.

The most famous speech in American history, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, lasted two minutes.

Amazingly, President Lincoln wasn’t even the event’s featured speaker. That was Congressman Edward Everett of Massachusetts. Everett spoke for over two hours. Remember learning about his speech? Neither do I.

Shorter is better.

You’ve probably heard these sayings:

Shakespeare: “Brevity is the soul of wit.”

T.S. Eliot: “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”

You: “Goodness! Is this email ever going to end?”

Never be afraid to write a short document. Even extremely short. Some of the most powerful, memorable and persuasive letters and emails are just a few lines. Make your point and get out. A brief document, one with no fat, packs a lot more punch than one that’s bloated with unnecessary words.

And that’s all I have to say about this.

About the Author

Robbie Hyman is a professional communications and public affairs writer. He has 15 years’ experience writing for nonprofits, small business and multibillion-dollar international organizations and is available as a freelance writer for federal agencies.

Robbie has written thousands of pages of content, including white papers, speeches, published articles, reports, manuals, newsletters, video scripts, advertisements, technical document and other materials. He is also co-founder of MoneySavvyTeen.com, an online course that teaches smart money habits to teenagers.