Use Your Words More Visually

Listen, you are a writer now.

Alright, a struggling blogger, but let us assume it to be more or less the same thing!

My point is, you are no longer in 10th grade trying to hit a word limit that you are nowhere close to in actual knowledge. You now write about things you know and care about. (If you don’t, that is a whole other issue you need to look into!)

I know what it’s like to have to churn out an article on schedule. Be it your own schedule, or that of a publication you write for. And I get that some days are plain torture. So after reading a ton of work online for inspiration, you pick one of the fifty thoughts you’ve been mulling over and decide to give it a go.

You’ve written your thoughts down. You trim all the words you do not need. It’s perfect. But it is only 300 words long. Now what?

“Flesh it out,” says a voice from somewhere. “Fill up the skeleton.”

So you begin to think of ways to do that.

This is the part where I am going to have to stop you.

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There cannot be a reason valid enough to make you stretch something that you can convey in 300 words to 350 words, let alone 1000. That is the habit of a shoddy writer. Nip it in the bud.

Flesh out your thoughts, but don’t spread them too thin. Do not use unnecessary fillers. They only work for Naruto Shippuden when the anime is catching up way too fast with the manga, and the truth is the fillers suck even then!

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to know whether you actually have anything more to add to your work in terms of value:

Have I said everything that I know/think/feel about this topic?
Would my reader benefit from the 50 (or 650) extra words that I want to write?
If I knew that my readers were looking for shorter reads, would I still find it imperative to say whatever it is that I am about to? — This one’s my personal favourite!

Let go of the belief that people will only take you seriously if you say a lot. Especially if you don’t have a lot to say. Not all your thoughts will form a 1000 word article and that is okay.

You may not be able to use it for the purpose you intended, but at least you’ve written it down. The great news is that we live in an age where what’s visually appealing works! And 300 words is pretty much the dimensions of an average photograph or creative.

So use these words visually.

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Sometimes I use my smaller pieces as photo captions. There are also popular Facebook pages, such as Berlin Artparasites and The Artidote, that look for excerpts to go with art and photography.

Other times, I use them as tidbits to publicise a particular article that I share on social media.

There are Medium publications that accept short pieces (The Writing Corporative, 100 Naked Words, Be Yourself, Human Parts — to name a few).

There is always Tumblr, don’t underestimate Tumblr.

You live at the time of the Insta poet, make use of those 300 words the best way possible!

I know you can figure this out.

Yes, you will have to think of another topic to write about for your publication. Or do more research on whatever it is that you began writing about.

Stop being lazy, writing is not for the lazy (at least good writing isn’t). Just do it. It might eat into that dinner date you scheduled with your best friend but it is going to be worth it. I promise — and you can hold me accountable to that promise.


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