… or a sign or something.
As you know, I spend a good deal of my time talking about history to folks. And one of the things I say the most is something like “I’m oversimplifying.” That’s largely because much of that time is spent explaining things quickly — like in a history class, or a tutoring session, or a podcast, or a blog post. It’s been a long, long time since I wrote anything really long.
And honestly, I’m OK with the not-writing-long things part. I am currently writing a project that’s about 40,000 words, so that’s a nice change, but it’s not common. I find that boiling things down to an explanation that’s simple and memorable without being completely wrong is a really pleasing challenge.
But it does involve a lot of simplification.
I think I should get a badge or like a light that would go on that just says oversimplifying. That way I wouldn’t feel guilty about misleading people or feel like I had to provide constant disclaimers.