E is for Efficiency
How many words does it take? Is it an art or a science?
I always forget who said it, but someone like Winston Churchill said:
I’m sorry I have such a long speech, I didn’t have time to write a short one.
Implying that a shorter speech is harder to write. I suppose under the letter E we could also use:
It’s all more difficult than writing. Writing is just pouring out what comes to your fingers, but then to make it efficient, effective, and to edit, that takes work, thought, patience, and, hmm, maybe something like experience? What to cut? What to leave? What’s working, what’s not? Scrap the whole section or maybe just change the tone? Oh forget it, just leave it as it is, don’t edit, don’t be efficient, just let it be. Uh huh, let’s see how that goes. Although it’s often that the first photo is the best of a group of 10 or a first draft is the strongest, but still, some polishing, another perspective, another glance at it with a fresh mind can’t hurt, right?
Well, yes, it hurts. That’s called work or progress. No pain, no gain? Usually.
I’m self-conscious about making this post about efficiency too long so I’ll stop now. 🙂