IIRC, I recall once reading an article arguing that Paul’s grace as evidenced in his letters ought to be the model for how we write emails.
Now I am all for graciousness and surely could improve on that count. But I wonder if that argument confuses genres? That is, an epistle is not an email anymore than a novel is a text message. I used to think short emails were curt–how dare they get straight to the point?
But now that I am increasingly overloaded with information and responsibilities, I find myself appreciating such emails. Indeed, I begun putting the following in my signature:
Q: Why is this email 5 sentences or less?
So please don’t be offended if I write you a short email; it’s me–not you–really! 🙂