White Space


You are not alone.

I have a growing number of readers.  I attribute it to this blog being a one-minute read.  Heaven forbid I should be tl;dr (Internet slang for “too long; didn’t read”: Wiki – “a clustered composition of such utter failure to communicate that it has left the capable reader with a headache…”).

My secretarial experience has taught me the benefit of white space.  Visually and verbally we need a break from the barrage!  Go ahead: save a tree—but 4,000 words on two pages?  Are you kidding me?

Excessively long statements don’t take root; they exit the same place they entered.  Plus, they indicate the writer is talking out the nose to begin with.  This is ironic, since the longwinded are often trying to sound educated.

Oh, and another yummy from Wiki: “Needless length may be interpreted as a mark of arrogance. The message to the reader seems to be, ‘My time is more valuable than yours. I can’t be bothered to express myself clearly and concisely, so I’m shifting the burden to you to sift my words.’”

Dang straight: I’m busy too, Bub.  Give me bullet points; bite-sized pieces.  ‘Know what? The same goes for talking.  (I know, I know: that’s the pot calling the kettle black.  But I’m just sayin’.)

—-FYI, that last sentence was white space.—-

—-So was that one.—-

White space really is important in all sorts of communication.  In recent years my speech has become choppy—because people are in a hurry; no travelogue permitted: “Too much blah-blah.  …  Cut to the chase!  … Brevity is the soul of wit.”  By the time my brain bypasses the stuff I’m not supposed to articulate, I’m afraid somebody else will have the floor—so I’m suddenly P-P-Porky Pig.

So…….  [white space] I have a word to the hurried and harried, rushing us along with your golf clap:  Don’t blame me if I start stories in the middle and work my way sideways.  If brevity is the soul of wit, sometimes it’s also the soul of, “What the heck?”

I love this post: it’s all about writing, and it makes absolutely no sense.  But I’ll stop here because “Needless length may be interpreted as a mark of arrogance.”

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2 Responses to White Space

  1. Meaghan says:

    very humble entry AND such truth~lyl-
    love you laura 😉

  2. Tamz says:

    I loved this post too!! It’s a clear path to better communication. Some people take their writing to unheard of levels of blah-blah, thus the TL,DR acronym.

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