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    ?????

    What does this sentence mean?
    I am sorry to write such a long letter. I didn't have time to write a short one

    Mark Twain



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    Re: ?????

    Quote Originally Posted by Cut!e P!e View Post
    What does this sentence mean?
    I am sorry to write such a long letter. I didn't have time to write a short one

    Mark Twain


    If Mark Twain wrote this he was paraphrasing Pascal, who - in Lettres Provinciales said more or less the same.

    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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    Re: ?????

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    If Mark Twain wrote this he was paraphrasing Pascal, who - in Lettres Provinciales said more or less the same.

    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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    Oh thanks a million!

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