I know I use too many words, and quite a few hark back to my days as a lawyer (no Latin but a lot of legal speak!).
You'd think, in the writing field, using less would be easy, but it's anything but. In fact, to write succinctly, meaningfully and clearly is the hardest discipline to master. (Let's face it, it's not difficult to chuck words at a page.)
Right now, I know I need to write more -- not blogging -- and if I've one goal in mind, it's to make sure I write lean. This is going to require patience, a lot of rereading and gobs and gobs of practice.
When I think about the people online who really get this right, the person that comes to mind is Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. Now that guy can write. Also, I like the way Steven Pressfield can string a few blog posts together, albeit I'm not always sure if I'm his intended audience (he seems much more into screenplays and scripts).
To have found writing so late in life is both an immense pleasure but huge challenge. As someone who likes to give things my best shot, I'm not sure if I thought I would be further down the road by now, but I do see how much I've still to learn. I haven't yet investigated any local writing groups, but, at some stage, for all my proclivity online, I know that I'll need to get some face to face feedback. (I know there's no shortage of coaches online but that's not what I need...at least I don't think so.)
One other thing. Even though I've not fully developed my writing style, I'm not sure if I want to share any of my nascent fiction writing online. To me it feels too tender, and if anything I need to be much further down the road before I expose it to the glare of social media. Perhaps I've got it all wrong, and should just throw myself into the Wattpad ring and see what happens.
For the moment, I'm going to keep up the daily shares on Livejournal. Given the number of writers that hang out on the platform, who knows, I may post up my first story here to see what ya'll think.