A word limit is something that haunts my dreams.. No matter what I do, I can never EVER adhere to the given word limit.. In exams, marks are deducted for exceeding the word limit, but I never seem to stick to it.. A word limit limits my thoughts and restricts the free flow of my pen. Rather than focussing on the content I write, I tend to fret on the fact that I’m perhaps writing too much.. The end result is disastrous, with all my writing floating hither-tither like dandelions, with no proper links or meaning. In an effort to condense my writing, I try to cut out parts that I find irrelevant.. More often than not, these efforts are futile.
While writing essays and paragraphs, I hate getting straight to the point. I always prefer to give a small, slightly unrelated introduction, and later kick off with the actual topic. My conclusions are always in flowery language.. Taking all these points into consideration, I’m always about 50 words above the word limit. Sometimes, I do worry that people might not actually read what I’ve written, seeing the sheer length of it.. But, I would rather throw caution to the winds and surpass the limitations on my words and write something interesting in my lengthy inimitable style rather than stick to a word limit only to produce a boring, insipid piece of writing which doesn’t allow me to fully express myself.. Another problem of adhering to the word limit is that it gives absolutely no fillip for inclusion of a few other funny, punny, witty sentences. You just have to drone on about the given topic, not once considering if it is appealing to the reader at all. If you want to add a very powerful line, which is sure to have an impact, you will have to compromise on some other point. I hate doing this! A word limit is a teeny bit useful to prevent people from writing the same point repeatedly.
According to me, word limits are like shackles that bind a writer’s hands. It doesn’t allow the true thoughts and ideas of the writer to be conveyed. I make valiant efforts to somehow limit myself, so as to not go way over the limit (just for the fear of losing marks in the exams.. As I said before)
Thank god, I don’t have to stick to a word limit while writing on my blog!
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