The French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal released a collection called “Lettres Provinciales” in which he wrote: “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” Steve Jobs elaborated with “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

I don’t know about moving mountains, but with said effort I am able to complete a few blogs.

Basically I’m a rambler, so when I sit down to write Three Line Tales™, or flash fiction in a 100 words or in 150 words, that is a really-big, barely-surmountable challenge for me.

Here’s how the process goes. I write where my heart and mind lead me. Then I mull over it chopping down paragraphs, sentences, phrases, discard rhetoric flourishes, replace multiple words with one optimum word. Phew! That’s challenging work.

Back in school we had an activity called Precis Writing – Reduce the given essay to one third of its length. I hated that. I treat words like valuables. I don’t like to give up any. My own written words are like my babies. It’s so cruel to make me choose between my babies.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” said Clare Booth Luce, so we should endeavour to keep it short and sweet. But then a very wise Albert Einstein warned us “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Or in my own simple words – Please don’t make me reign in my runaway thoughts. It’s what keeps me sane.


Thank God there is no word limit on the Daily Prompt.

Man. Simple is Hard.

Note: Three Line Tales is a fantastic blog hosted by Sonya at


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