“Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.”
― Louise Brooks

TL;DR is not gibberish. It’s internet slang for "too long; didn't read” – a response indicating that the previous wordy text was ignored.

Similarly, the term “wall of text” is used to describe an excessively long post to a noticeboard or discussion.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Even if you are not active in online discussions and forums, in today’s world of soundbites, instant answers, and short attention spans, it’s usually best to remain brief.

Here’s how:

  1. Get to the point. Don’t make readers wait until the end to figure out what you are trying to say. Make your point, then back it up, and if your point is well made, they’ll keep reading.

  2. Edit ruthlessly. Even if you have to write everything out and then go back and cut, cut, cut, take time now to save readers time later – or lose them.

  3. Keep it visually simple. No one wants to pore through a huge mass of text; put it in short blocks, bullet points or lists.

Keep this in mind no matter what you’re writing for, including:

  • brochures

  • postcards

  • bios

  • websites

  • descriptions

  • articles

  • and blog posts!

Thanks for reading! –Monica

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