Less is more? A tale of yoga, bad jokes and writing

Does your writing really need more? By lululemon athletica (SSC Yoga with Eoin Finn) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Does your writing really need more? By lululemon athletica (SSC Yoga with Eoin Finn) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

by Diana Star Helmer

When I was in yoga class this week, my teacher told about hearing a “terrible” joke, but she couldn’t remember it. So I told one I’d recently read:

Q: What did the ocean say to the beach?

A: Nothing. It just waved.

And the class of seven made the little room quite full with laughter. Not bad for a terrible joke.

But it emphasizes something I’ve thought about regarding writing for years:

What does writing really need?

The ocean used no words at all. It just waved.

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Diana Star Helmer is author of Belles of the Ballpark: A Celebration of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (Summer Game Books, available in paperback and e-book).

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