One-Liner Wednesday — Brevity

2E131322-2144-4A3D-A792-984B83EDC4B9My wife asked last week me if I didn’t “get” the concept of a one-liner. “Why would you ask me that?” I asked her. She then proceeded to point out how long my responses to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompts usually are. “Way more than one line,” she said. “Does everyone who responds to her one-liner prompt do that?” she asked. I told her that most did not. “So why, then, do you?”

I explained to her that the reason my One-Liner Wednesday posts exceed one line is because I like to help people understand why I decided to choose whatever one-liner I chose and what it means to me.

“But it’s supposed to be a one-line response,” she said. “When you respond to a 100 word prompt, do you write 100 words and then add another 200 or 300 words explaining why you wrote the first 100 words?”

“No,” I said.

“Then you should limit your One-Liner Wednesday post to one line. To quote Shakespeare,” she added, “Brevity is the soul of wit.”

“Perfect,” I said. “I’m going to use that Shakespeare quote for my next One-liner Wednesday post.”

I think my wife will be very pleased when she sees how I’ve taken her advice.

14 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Brevity

  1. bikerchick57 August 22, 2018 / 3:51 am

    LOL, your explanation gave me a good Wednesday morning chuckle.

    Your wife would lecture me as well. I can’t help it. Explanations ARE required, right?

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  2. Dan Antion August 22, 2018 / 4:10 am

    Ha ha – then again, maybe not. I appreciate it, though. I don’t think I’ve ever been close to one line. In fact, last week, my one-liner Wednesday post was the longest post I wrote all week!

    I appreciate the backstory – keep up the good work.

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  3. Laura August 22, 2018 / 5:10 am

    I always love hearing what other people’s spouses tell them about their writing! Mine has told me — more often when I started the blog, less frequently now — “you know, you don’t HAVE to post something every day.” I just blinked at him, confused. Because I *wanted* to write something daily. But I guess if you don’t love writing then it looks like work.

    I think this is a fabulous way to take your wife’s advice…sorta…😆

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  4. J-Dub August 22, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Love it! And thanks for the explanations. You are not alone. I usually switch back and forth between one line and a little extra :).

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  5. newepicauthor August 22, 2018 / 7:49 am

    Posting just one line does not work for me. Linda’s Rules state:
    1. Make it one sentence.
    2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.
    3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.
    4. Add our lovely new badge to your post for extra exposure!
    5. Have fun!
    If I had to stick with just one line, then all the fun of writing something would be gone. The title of my post is my One-Line and everything else is a bonus.

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      • newepicauthor August 22, 2018 / 8:22 am

        That is not the way I see it, as I feel that you complied with Rule #1 by writing, ‘Brevity is the soul of wit;, as that is your One-Liner. Although that is a cute monkey, I usually use a picture that relates better to my post.

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong August 22, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    You sure you weren’t a technical writer? I feel obliged to explain EVERYTHING. It drives Garry nuts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 22, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      I, too, am an explainer…whether needed or not!


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