Writing Without Distracting November 5, 2015Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
That said, writers who douse paragraph after paragraph with lexicon that is not a natural part of their vocabulary remind me of cooks who over-season food rather than letting it speak for itself.
When a writer writes with thesaurus in hand to impress readers with a depth of vocabulary not possessed in common measure, I lose interest and turn my attention elsewhere.
Not that I’m missed.
Aah . . . that’s better!
But what does our distinguished panel of experts have to say?
Blaise Pascal: Anything that is written to please the author is worthless.
Marianne Moore: Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
Samuel Johnson: Read over your compositions and, when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
Mickey Spillane: Those big shot writers . . . could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar.
Grace Metalious: I’m a lousy writer; a helluva lot of people have got lousy taste.
Georges Simenon: Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness.
Peter De Vries: I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
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