plural noun: histrionics

  1. 1.exaggerated dramatic behavior designed to attract attention.

The broadest brush makes the widest stroke. However if you just go around making broad strokes without a purpose or reason for those strokes, if youā€™re not well enough informed to have a specific goal, then youā€™re just going through the motions.

Iā€™ve painted rooms before. In fact, just about every room in my house has been painted by me, and with a purpose. The bar room is meant to be welcoming and relaxed. The dining room is painted with colors meant to enhance ambiance and engage conversation. I didnā€™t just randomly pick a color, slap strokes all over the place and then shout out my windows for everyone to come see my masterpiece, ā€œJUST BECAUSE I PAINTED IT YOU MUST COME SEE IT!ā€

The metaphor here, in case you missed it, is for writing. If you write to complain about something, have a solution at the ready. Otherwise itā€™s verbal self-gratification.

Hereā€™s an example: The reason I wrote this piece is to hopefully influence writers to propose a solution when they complain about something in general terms, instead of just bitching and using broad terminology to give voice to their histrionics.


My solution: Begin with the end in mind.