When did the task of writing get to be so long? What ever happened to writing the essence of a body of work? The novel I am currently reading is over 800 pages; there are six books in the first set of this series, all over 800 pages. I am enjoying the book but why is it taking so long to say it? I only ask the question because I don't know the answer. Lately my long writing, poetry, got smaller, what may have been 24 lines turned into 9, then I was challenged to write a haiku. A haiku! I was being asked to go from a 24-lined poem to a three-lined,Japanese, seventeen, syllable poem! How does one find the essence of a long piece of work? That would be like my asking the novelist, Terry Goodkind to rewrite his novels. So is the task simply writing a piece in as few words as possible for the readers enjoyment and understanding; maybe? We should not make it a task to see how long our piece can be than, but try writing the essence. So I'll try: A Few Words
Writing questions length.
Shorter piece essence is found.
Enjoyment springs forth.-daw
Causes Denise White Supports
Rails to Trails