“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” — Blaise Pascal
Where do you fall on the brevity/verbosity spectrum? 

As a journalist working for newspapers, I always have had to count words to write the news as concise and clear as possible, and at the same time to fit it in the space reserved on the page. So, brevity it’s already a habit.

Today with the digital media, this problem to fit a text in an enclosed space has disappeared, but the journalistic style of writing tends to the same rules. Be clear, concise, accurate. Say as much as possible with only the necessary words. Don’t confuse the reader with long disquisitions. The important stuff at the beginning: if the reader get tired and stops reading after a few sentences, at least knows about what goes the story

I don’t know if I have journalistic style in everything I write. I hope there is some diversity. But I know that journalism have left its mark on me.

 

 

Brevity Pulls.

Author: Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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