Minimalist writing subscribes to the philosophy of “less is more”.
In the words of Ernest Hemingway, “All you have to do is write one true sentence.”
Social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram encourage concise expression, however, I’m not convinced that these platforms develop our ability to write minimalist, yet expressive prose. Maximalist writing, on the other hand, is prone to what can be described as excessive elaboration.
In our desire to simplify, are we unwittingly pitting “less is more” against “more is more” if that isn’t truly necessary?
For me, personally, the best form of writing is the kind that gets through to me in that moment in time. Sometimes flowery, lighthearted prose fits the mood of the moment and other times, especially when I’m looking for precise, clear information on a subject, I prefer succinct, precise writing.
What form of writing appeals to you the most?