Writing Guide – Word Limitation, Good or Bad?

There comes a time where you think about writing something, but you read somewhere that writing that kind of thing will require X words to be good. Let say you have to write an article for a basketball review and you read somewhere that there is a minimum of 1000 words for an review article to be good. What would you do?

Well let us get into the topic on why limitation is not good for you or your writing.

The More The Faker

To make an engaging article, you should always write like you are telling someone a story. It is not as easy as it sounds, but the more relaxed you are and the less complicated you make it, the better. Hence the “required” word count for your post is a very bad concept. You can easily describe a product with ten sentences or with two, but the importance is the content of those sentences. Just compare those examples and see what’s the best:

  1. “The basketball bounces, and it is really orange. It arrives without the air so you have to prepare your pump and pump air in it, unless you don’t want it to bounce.”
  2. “Basketball X7 is a very new model of the X Company which is famous for their indoor balls that are used for most official games in Europe. The texture of the ball feels great in your hand and it is not slippery even when the ball is new. Those balls are also good for outdoor play, but will, as all leather balls, fray and will not be good for play later.”
  3. “Basketball X7 is a round shaped object made out of special leather that is imported from Kongo, while the rubber that is underneath is from Germany. It can be filled with 2 kg of air and the optimal pressure inside the ball should 1.6 to 1.8, for an optimal bouncing off the ground. The ball should be filled up with air before usage due to the ball requiring air to function. It’s round shape is not so round  but still round enough so you can be able to dribble the ball like you should when you fill it up the air. It is a good product.”
  4. “A perfect example of a good indoor basketball is the Basketball X7, the newest ball from X company, which is again a leather ball made for indoor plays but it can be used outside as well. The ball will be used in European major leagues from next year and is currently considered as the candidate to replace the official basketballs around the world. It’s made out of quality leather and hence the price is a bit above average, but it still affordable and worth every penny. You can buy it on the x website or in their stores around the world.”

As you can see there is a big difference between 1,4 and 2,3. Two and three are very bad written, they don’t help you at all, while one and two are better written but a bit more helpful. Compared to two and three, one and two are just providing you the information you need without any extra fuss(like three).

So as you can see sometimes it can just look fake and forced like the number two and three, and readers will just close the window and google again, hence words do not matter but the content does, your style does, and this is the sole reason you need to practice.

Limitations Force You To Write Stupid Stuff

Think about having to write an essay back in high school or grade school. Remember “You must have at least a thousand of words for the essay on this book that is very boring but I force you to read and write about.” , if you remember you can clearly remember the pain to find more words so your sentences are longer and so you can just finish it with the given quota. Now imagine doing the same essay without any requirements. Amazing right?

Not only would you be able to express yourself the way you want to, but your essay value would rise immensely, because when you can tell it your way without any worry you will be able to prove your point way easier, and it wouldn’t look like you used thesaurus for every word.

In conclusion, be yourself and tell the story, don’t tell it about yourself (remember no one cares about you, I wrote a guide on why that is here), but tell the story/your opinions about the product.

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