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An online devotional for writers
Do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (Matthew 6:7, NIV)
“Word count: 1,000 – 1,200 words or less.”
For the longest time, I mistakenly believed that editors posted submission word count limits solely to ration space.
And that’s part of it. With a nod to their advertisers and page count, editors must be ever-cognizant of column inches.
But the internet and free domains and no-cost blog platforms mean that these days, anyone can post anything of any length.
Yet why would you use extra words if you didn’t need to? I considered this question and came up with a few answers of my own:
I use extra words because …
None of my excuses pass muster, particularly when overlaid with Jesus’ words: “Do not keep on babbling.”
Extra words do not amplify my point. That’s why word count limits, like other limits in life, work so well to keep my heart in check.
Extra words do not amplify my point.
Thank you that your limits keep me in your will. Help me to use that principle as I write. Keep me from babbling. Show me how to avoid using extra words that I don’t need.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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