Take a look at that, you pompous windbag ….
from Disney’s Cinderella (1950)
A few years ago at work, I sent an email to one of the companies we dealt with on a daily basis to tell them why I did not agree with a decision they had made regarding one of our clients. The response came back that I had put a good up a good argument, even if I had come across as being a little verbose. Verbose? Moi? The inference was that I had been very verbose. As windy as I may have been, it was a satisfactory outcome for our client, but the thought that people found me to be verbose left me smarting. Even worse, was I in danger of becoming a windbag?
Verbosity seems to be coming back to bite me as I am currently slashing and burning a third of my Work in Progress, battling to write a precise synopsis and trying to not over pontificate when blogging.
Clear: Does your message convey in distinct and certain terms what you want the reader to do or feel? A clear message is easily understood; there is no ambiguity.
Concise: Is your message to the point? Have you conveyed your thoughts in the fewest words?
Correct: Does your message conform to standard rules of grammar? Do you use words, verb tenses, sentence structure and punctuation in a way that ensures understanding?
I am working on it.