The skill in listening is not only in hearing what the other person says, but hearing what they don’t.
Often what is absent from a person’s conversation reveals far more than what they say.
An example… A person who often speaks about their husband/wife/partner in glowing terms conveys the impression of a deep, fulfilling and happy relationship. If in all this they never mention the word ‘love’ therein can lay a very different story.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear…”
The skill in writing is as much in what you don’t say, as in what you do.
If the reader has to think and fill in the gaps, they may gain meaning and inspiration far beyond even what you intended. They are much more likely to remember and be impacted by insights they worked out for themselves.
Write what is essential; delete the good, keep only the best.
Spoon-feeding produces children not adults.