How long does it take you to write your average blog post? Or your average email? Or a letter? Or, indeed, anything. Of course there isn't really an answer to that question other than responding by asking 'How long is a piece of string?'. I've just written a post which has taken nearly two hours but that's not the whole story. I had to download the photos from my camera and my phone. I was, sort of, watching the TV News and making dinner too and in true ARADD fashion I managed to do (and not do) a number of other things as well.
To which post I was referring I have no idea but the principle holds true. Some people read and write speedily. Some do not. I'm one of the slow ones.I was thinking of the time it's taken because in a recent post, Terminology, on her blog, Katherine quoted, in context, “I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” It would appear that Mark Twain made the comment. Apparently, however, nothing is ever truly original because Blaise Pascal (French mathematician and physicist 1623 - 1662), in his "Lettres provinciales", letter 16, 1657 said "I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short (Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue parceque je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte)".
The point of all that rambling is that I spent my career making sure that letters, cases, reports, legal documents, the words spoken by politicians (but written by their civil servants) etc were always clear, precise and, hopefully, open only to the interpretation (or in some cases interpretations!) that were desired.
So now that I am supposed to be writing more entertaining prose where, let's face it, no one really cares whether I have crossed the is and dotted the ts (er that doesn't sound quite
rightcorrect does it?), I find it very hard to break old habits.