Brevity is the soul of wit, which is funny, because it reminds me of this short joke I heard a few months ago...
December 5, 2008 8:17 AM Subscribe
How can I be less long-winded?
posted by contessa to Writing & Language (36 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I have a tendency to go on and on, especially with written things (like emails, reports, Mefi comments...) but also in spoken communication too. If I realize what I'm doing while I am doing it, I start to self-edit and get to the point. That switch in my brain doesn't always fire. Part of it, I suppose, is that I don't want to leave anything important out. Getting there can sometimes be like telling an epic saga, I swear.
I don't want to be the boring/rude person who doesn't know when to shut up. Do you have any tricks or tips to keeping it brief?