Why Writing Short-Form Doesn’t Come Naturally To Us

Why Writing Short-Form Doesn’t Come Naturally To Us

We have to train ourselves for brevity. Writing short form is the exact opposite of how small we think. Think small, write long.

It is a part of India’s colonial legacy. Taking the long winding route to get to the point.

The British made sure the natives picked up the English language, making brutal governance easier. And we stuck with their format loyally, composing panegyric verses in everything from commercial contracts to civil suits with relish.

Why would you use ‘insofar as’ in text where hereinafter might suffice and henceforth agree that it is deemed hereby to be an issue, whereas usage of the said word can be an encumbrance upon all parties?

See what I mean?

I get cross-eyed even before I hit the second paragraph while looking at contracts. While I agree the legalese needs to be as clear as possible, it is anything but.

Let it be noted that in this indentured article, the usage of passive voice is mandatory.

No wonder the activity happens outside of the law. Wring short form is a skill we desperately need to train for.

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