Monday, August 16, 2010

Concrete vs. Abstract

An abstract style is always bad. Your sentences should be full of stones, metals, chairs, tables, animals, men and women. ~~ Alain (Emile Chartier)
When we are beginning writers we often make the mistake of writing in a circuitous confluence of contradictions to attempt to impress our readers that we are worldly and worthy of being taken seriously. I think we only end up confusing the reader and eventually losing his/her attention.

When the time comes, each writer becomes willing to write simply and beautifully by stating what must be said to get the point across and ending it there.