Two hundred. That’s the number of words I’m given to work with every week for my newspaper column. I try to choose them wisely. I like to make them sing if I can. The old adage “less is more” has always appealed to me. And I truly believe it applies beautifully to words.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Both are noble tasks. I so appreciate the space to share my thoughts, and I’m honored that you take the time to read my weekly snippet of words.
Ten sentences. That’s the length of the Gettysburg Address. I was hoping the count would reveal two hundred words but, alas, it’s 271. Did you know that the main speaker that day gave a two-hour speech before Abraham Lincoln took the stage? His words have gone by the wayside, but Lincoln’s two minutes of concise words have become legendary. They are some of the most beloved in American history.
Thirty three. That’s the number of words left to complete this article. I’ll write a final sentence then begin the quest for next week’s topic. I shall try to write something worth reading.
Sandy keeps an online journal at her website www.field-days.com. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.