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If Only I Could Write Fewer Words

Fifteen articles a day is allowed. Five hundred characters is required.

I never have a problem coming up with 500, 1500, 3000, or more. In my last post, there were nearly 4000 characters! But 15 articles totaling 60,000 characters?

If I were to write shorter articles, this post could have been eight articles. It makes sense that if so, I would have more coins.

But...would it? More importantly, could I do it? I doubt it would last or that it would make a difference in the long-term.

I am grateful for those who grab a cup of tea to sit down with me to read what I have to write. You are the ones who know me well.

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Note: This article was exactly 500 characters/125 words.

Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

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Coins: 6849, $10.27, 51%


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LoudMan wrote on September 21, 2015, 2:02 PM

Even if we don't "know you well," we still give you the page views. Maybe, some day, we'll all be perfect. Màybe.

Last Edited: September 21, 2015, 2:04 PM

LoudMan wrote on September 21, 2015, 2:21 PM

^LOL! That's funny, right there. I don't care who you are.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 21, 2015, 2:21 PM

We should always write to please ourselves and to our satisfaction and not worry about length except in meeting site rules. The world is becoming too much of limited sound bites and now writing bites resulting in shortened attention spans.

lexiconlover wrote on September 21, 2015, 2:22 PM

Can I drink sweet tea? I'm not a huge fan of hot tea, unless I'm not feeling well- or feeling British.

markgraham wrote on September 21, 2015, 2:40 PM

You can do anything when you or anybody puts the minds to doing something. The old Nike slogan 'Just do it'.

Rufuszen wrote on September 21, 2015, 3:38 PM

60,000. That can't be far short of a novella!

MegL wrote on September 21, 2015, 3:50 PM

I am not sure that I would want to read 8 separate pages of small bits of writing one subject, I suspect I wouldn't bother.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 21, 2015, 3:52 PM

See you can write shorter ones sometimes. I seldom look at the counter until I am done. It just is how many it is. Sometimes it takes more to make sense.

butchiepoo wrote on September 21, 2015, 5:02 PM

I have times when the words just flow from my fingers and times when I am staring at that blank space wondering what to write. I cannot imagine coming up with 3,000 words. I have never done it but who knows it may come to me one day from the creative flow of our Creator. He gives us what we need at the time we need it. Thank you Lord for helping me like You do. God bless you all

CoralLevang wrote on September 21, 2015, 6:46 PM

Exactly, and as loquacious as I can be, verbally or written, I should have written a damned book or two already. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on September 21, 2015, 6:47 PM

MegL emoticon :smile: So, 1 coin from you, not 8. Check. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on September 21, 2015, 6:49 PM

Well, 3000 characters here is about 750 words. I have certainly done that on more than one occasion. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on September 21, 2015, 6:50 PM

You do realize, do you not, that I had scaled this down from over 800 characters to these 500? I was down to about 542....and had to rearrange, and write in a bit different style to get down the the 500. LOL

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 21, 2015, 9:00 PM

Was the 500 character total by chance or by design? If it was by chance, did you then go and buy a lotto ticket?

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 21, 2015, 10:36 PM

I am not surprised lol but you did do it.

Dawnwriter wrote on September 22, 2015, 12:30 AM

Can I have the cup of tea &AbbyG is declining? Thanks...Maybe we can have a challenge to write exactly 500 characters posts and see how it impacts our bank and writing speed.

Paulie wrote on September 22, 2015, 12:51 AM

I often wonder the same thing, The key to posting 15 articles a day is writing about a certain interesting event in you life which people readily identify with in the minimum amount of words. I wish I could do it. The thing that hurts me is being Thailand and away from current life in the States.

jiangliu1949 wrote on September 22, 2015, 5:37 AM

You often speak eloquently in your post .I think there should have been a rule of the more the characters , the more the coins here .

inertia4 wrote on September 22, 2015, 10:45 AM

I have a hard time making posts small as well. I have tried it, but they seem empty somehow. Too vague. I usually make my posts a minimum of three paragraphs. Is that wrong? No, not at all. I enjoy reading your posts.

CoralLevang wrote on September 22, 2015, 11:41 AM

By design. I had about 2/3 more or so. Wanted to try it. Was down to just a few over, and reworked again.

CoralLevang wrote on September 22, 2015, 11:44 AM

There's milk, honey, lemon and sugar, too. It's all yours.

The 500-character challenge is a good one. I'm not sure it would impact my speed any longer, though. I still write it all and then have to pick and choose what to scale down. LOL You win!

CoralLevang wrote on September 22, 2015, 11:51 AM

Oh, Paulie I think that we can all do it, if we want to. I do think it requires us to see life as interesting, to see ourselves as interesting. I think you do that rather well with your personal history stories. As far as being in Thailand hurting you... what if you were to see that from a different perspective? That being in Thailand makes your life interesting? That others would find Thailand interesting?
Here is a challenge for you: In a journal, make a list about things you find/have found interesting there. Then each thing become a topic. One way to approach those topics is certainly research. But you could also see it from an emotional perspective. What does that one thing...do for you? Why is it interesting? Is it the color of (fill in the blank) that touched you. Why that color? And so on. Maybe that will help.

I would love to know more about Thailand. And you and Thailand.

CoralLevang wrote on September 22, 2015, 11:53 AM

Thank you so much, jiangliu1949 . I have to admit that I laughed when I read this comment. You reminded me of my Mom, who said to me, after a discussion we had where I told her I WAS getting paid to talk, she responded: "Too bad you don't get paid per word!" LOL

CoralLevang wrote on September 22, 2015, 11:56 AM

Thank you, Steven. I agree with the "empty and vague"....so maybe the lesson for me is learning how to say things more succinctly for some audiences. I do that when I write acrostic poetry. It's a construct that forces me to choose my words wisely. Haiku, as well. It's a difficult task for me in both cases.

inertia4 wrote on September 22, 2015, 12:04 PM

For me with poetry, I just write them. I don't worry about what type or style they are. If I did I would never be able to write what I do. I know sometimes I stretch some posts. But I feel guilty if they are too short.

CoralLevang wrote on September 22, 2015, 1:23 PM

I cannot "just write (poetry)".... I need some sort of construct. I like yours. It's raw emotion.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 22, 2015, 8:21 PM

Nicely done.

CoralLevang wrote on September 22, 2015, 8:29 PM

Thanks. emoticon :smile: Every once in a while I can be a surprise. emoticon :winking:

cheri wrote on September 23, 2015, 1:19 AM

That I know is one of my limits. I just cannot consume those 15 articles in a day!

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 1:29 AM

I am lucky to get 5 in per day. I'm most apt to write 3.

Paulie wrote on September 23, 2015, 2:21 AM

CoralLevang , you make a very good point about the journal. Yes, there are a lot of interesting things about life in Thailand which my viewers would like reading. Thanks for the idea.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 2:30 AM

Just remember....people are far more likely to want to know the stories, not just the facts. emoticon :smile:

Paulie wrote on September 23, 2015, 2:50 AM

I'll make sure that I can dig up out of my memory as many stories that I can think of.

jiangliu1949 wrote on September 23, 2015, 3:53 AM

Your Mum did have sense of humor ,I think she must have been a great talker .

inertia4 wrote on September 23, 2015, 5:28 AM

I think that's what I like about writing poetry. Having them be raw and to the point. Or being strange.