José Saramago reminds us that sometimes, there’s just a lot to say.
Writers are always encouraged to say what they want to say with as few words as possible. So it might be counterintuitive — and refreshing — to hear Portuguese novelist and Nobel laureate José Saramago advocate for the occasional fit of verbosity, via the narrator of his novel, The Stone Raft:
We have deemed all these words necessary in order to explain that we have been traveling more slowly than was predicted, concision is not a definitive virtue, on occasion one loses out by talking too much, it is true, but how much has also been gained by saying more than was strictly necessary.
Jose Saramago, The Stone Raft
Writing as much as you want is only a bad idea if you don’t edit as much as you should.