What does this sentence mean?
I am sorry to write such a long letter. I didn't have time to write a short one
If Mark Twain wrote this he was paraphrasing Pascal, who - in Lettres Provinciales said more or less the same.
Originally Posted by Cut!e P!e
The point is that a first draft includes digressions, repetitions, unnecessarily complex structure, irrelevant detail... and lots of other stuff that bumps up the word count. Editing that stuff out takes time.
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