April 20, 2016
Writing one hundred words is easy. That's about the average length of an email from a friend, more's the pity. It seems impossible that the updates of someone's life in another place can be distilled into ten tens of words. Cutting that number of words from a document, an abstract, is very difficult. If you're used to writing something of meaning or interest in a pithy 100 words, you just start rewriting, sentence by sentence, as if you were writing in this space. Still, it is much easier to rewrite if you didn't write the words in the first place.