Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

What did Mark Twain mean when he said I didnt have time to write a short letter so I wrote a long one instead?

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I wrote a long letter instead of a short one because I didn’t have time. He was trying to point out that it is easier to write a lot of words quickly than it is to say a few words.

What is meant by I would have written a shorter letter but I didnt have time?

I didn’t have time to write a short letter. The value and the challenges of brevity are reflected in this sentiment. On the other hand, we have to cut excess to get the message across. The year 2004.

Who said I apologize for such a long letter I didn’t have time to write a short one?

I didn’t have time to write a letter to you. In 2017:

Who said I am writing you a long letter because?

Mark Twain.

Who said I am sorry this letter is so long?

I’m sorry this letter is so long.

Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

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