Writing 101, Day Five: Be Brief
You discover a letter on a path that affects you deeply. Today, write about this encounter.
And your twist? Be as succinct as possible.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
— Antoine de Saint-Exuper
Omit needless words.
— William Strunk, Jr. & E.B. White
ending my run earlier than usual, i sprint home. pen, envelope, and stamp are the only items i seek; the only things that fill my consciousness for the next few minutes. without attaching a note explaining who i am and what i’ve found, i copy the address, seal the letter, and affix the stamp. i race downstairs and place it in the outbound mail slot near the front door. it’s done.
climbing the stairs once more, i shed my clothes and enter the shower. i let the water, hotter than i usually dial it, pour over me longer than i usually let it.