Every Word Is Worth A Dime Because Of Time

Today in PR class we were challenged to create our own lead for a news release. Carefully, my partner and I read through our given release to derive the key elements to include in a single, concise sentence. After compiling our lead we had our professor, Dr. V, read and critique.  Our release contained the necessary key elements yet was too wordy, it was then that Dr. V told us as a class that every word costs and you are looking to limit your cost.  Therefore, we condensed our words to make a complete lead we were proud to call our own.

This lesson not only taught me how to correctly and efficiently write a lead, but also the value of words and how so much meaning can be portrayed in simplistic writing.

Ironically enough while reading some of the latest blogs I am interested in, I read a post from a blog titled Five Blondes.  Their most current post, published on October 15, is by one of the blonde’s named Lauren and was entitled “Can you define your life in six words?”.  Her post linked to many websites, with one particularly interesting me. It directly exemplified the point I made before on how so much meaning can exude through such little writing. The one I am referring to is Six Word Memoirs where you are asked to describe your life in six words or less. Below is one of the youtube videos found on the site so you can see what I mean:

I find this website so interesting and challenge you to write at least one “six word memoir”…

Here’s one of mine: Love Pink But Hate When Faked 🙂


2 responses to “Every Word Is Worth A Dime Because Of Time

  1. Nice post, Erin, and I loved the video.

    One of the reasons I love to get students on twitter is that it teaches you concise writing.

    Concise writing – using the minimum number of words required to express an idea – has been around for a long time.

    If you’re interested in learning more, I recommend Richard Lanham’s book Revising Prose. His Paramedic Method of revising is briefly described in <a href=”http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/635/01/” this online handout. Note how most revised sentences are about half the length of the originals!

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