Kevin Malone from The Office, put great when say, “Why waste time say lot word, when few word do trick?” Me think Kevin right. You get message when I use few word, but lot word make confusing.
Seriously though. What is the point of word counts?
My wife is studying math education, hoping to be a teacher. At one point, she took a class all about how to properly assess a student’s knowledge. The professor of that class said that word counts should never be used when gauging a student’s intellectual ability.
This is because they fill in as much as they can with nothing. Tell the truth, when you’ve written an essay for a religion class, how do you fill the count? When referencing the Church, do you say “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” every time, just so you can have those extra words? Or maybe you’ll say “the Atonement of Jesus Christ” at every opportunity.
We do the same thing with English essays. All the professors say, “I want 5,000 good words filled with actual information.” But when you submit it with 1,000 useful words and the rest is fluff, they still give you a B, so the work loses its meaning.
All our lives, we’ve been taught to do this. We’ve been told we need to hit a certain quota and when we do, we pass. But then everyone complains about how bad our writing is, even though we were told to just fill the gap with no real thought for content.
I sincerely believe word counts are useless. All the best professors I’ve had set word goals, but then say, “I’d rather have 300 good words than 500 filler words.”
To be honest, I’ve been writing this like I was trying to hit a word count. I rambled and filled things in. So allow me to rewrite this in a way with no regard for word counts:
Word counts are a waste of time. Stop making us use them.