It’s Takes Effort to Write Effortlessly

They always say it takes more time to write a short essay than a long one. I agree: brevity is hard. It also takes a lot effort to produce writing that appears effortless.

Fabrice Grinda pointed me to this wonderful YouTube clip of someone composing an email to a girl he met at a bar and trying hard to strike the right tone. "Dear Mimi" becomes "Hi Mimi" becomes "Hey Mimi". He re-writes sentences to appear as casual as possible while still conveying meaning. It’s great stuff:

5 comments on “It’s Takes Effort to Write Effortlessly
  • Have you read any of the “six word stories”? I first got on Twitter because of a six-word-story contest. Writing a story in six words is HARD!

    Hemingway’s was: “For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.”

    My favorite is by Margaret Atwood: “Longed for him. Got him. Shit.”

  • Ah, the wonderful difficulties of perfecting one’s intentions in writing. (Ironically enough, I recomposed just that sentence multiple times!) Now there’s something I’m no stranger to.

    I looked at some of his other videos, too, and I found that he has some really poignant and amusing ones. Great find, Fabrice and Ben!

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