What use is such writing that only you, the writer can understand?
Writing has been associated for the longest time with a high level of intellectualism. The more the usage of big words, the better the writer’s vocabulary. The more complicated the sentences, the more talented the writer. The lengthier the paragraphs, the more credit to the writer. So on and so forth.
But at the same time, doesn’t all of the above also have an alternate meaning? The more the usage of big words, the lesser the number of people who understand what you are trying to put across. The more complicated the sentences, the far lesser the number of people as your readers. The lengthier the paragraphs, the far, far lesser the number of people who will ever read your piece again. Actually, that is how it works.
Trust me, it is a lot easier to write something complicated and keep people wondering than to write something simple enough for all to understand! After all, isn’t the aim of writing or any mode of communication, for that matter, to bridge the gap between two people by making one understand clearly what the other means?
I, myself did not care much about the simplicity in my writing for very long. That was until I started teaching Sunday School to six year olds. Those little kids changed my whole perception about writing and communication in general. I had to stoop down from my high, complicated platform to be able to reach them in the true sense. Was it worth it? Totally! The satisfaction that you get on the ground level with your readers is something else altogether.
Take for example the title of this post. I started with quite a few others before zeroing in on the one you saw. They changed from “Difficulty in Simplicity” to “Simplicity in Writing” to “Keeping It Simple” to finally “Simple Writing”. All I needed was something that would tell you in the plainest terms about the content of my post. If it fell into your category of interest, you would be here, reading this. If not, I’d rather not waste your precious time, intriguing and confusing you. The good news is you are here! And that gives me satisfaction.