"Write as if you were teaching a child."
Albert Einstein was a simple man who believed in the scientific principle of Occam's Razor, paraphrased as: "when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better."
"Simpler is better" can be taken too far, which is why the phrase "exactly the same" is inserted in the principle.
Simplicity has great power.
While the tale that Einstein had a whole wardrobe of identical clothing is exaggerated, it is apparently true of the famous Princeton Professor "Cornell West [who] wears the same thing every day and has for about 40 years. His closet is entirely made up of three piece suits, white shirts, bow ties, and scarves. ... the reason he dresses that way is to simplify his life. ..."
Einstein was fond of simplicity. He said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough," which inspired my quote in the image above.
Occam's Razor, applied to writing, might read: "When you have two sentences that mean exactly the same thing, the simpler one is better."
When you write, imagine how you might best teach the idea to a freshman in high school, for example. What descriptions, definitions, stories, and analogies would you use?
Include those elements in your concise writing to create a powerful and memorable experience for your reader.
Ernest Hemingway was an author who sought simplicity and truth. He said "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."
He also said (and I'll let him have the last word), "My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way."
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