"The most valuable of talents is that of never using two words when one will do."
Bonita @ Encouraging Words For Writers.
I really enjoy going by Bonita's blog, "Encouraging Words For Writers".
I have no aspirations of becoming a famous writer (big sigh of relief heard through-out the blogosphere). Her blog may helpful for the future, famous authors but it is also helpful and enjoyable for those of us that write just for fun, (and even those of us that write to help straighten out what all those voices are saying, lol).
On the post that I linked you to, she listed some of her favorite quotes and the one I wrote at the top of this post just about jumped off the page, grabbed me by the neck, started shaking me back and forth and even slapped me in the face a few times.
I'm not sure why.
"The most valuable of talents is that of never using two words when one will do"
(that's how Thomas Jefferson said it)
If I had written that famous quote, it probably would have gone something like this..
"Even though I'm sure that all of us, or at least most of us, have lots and lots of things that we are really really good at, I am 95 1/2% sure that one of the most helpful, important, and just plain nice accomplishments is if we are able to refrain from using two, three, four or more words to get our point across when there is a way of saying the same thing with only one word."
Sounds easy enough to me.