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.


Jeff King said...

I hope to get there some day... I am a wordy writer.

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

What Jeff said. Lou... can you tackle the subject of writer's block. I'm getting it ..... bad.

Lou Belcher said...

Mama Holly.... You writer's block...? Are you Serious? I can't imagine.

Yes, I'll take a look at that next.

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

ha ha ha yeah me. Sometimes, well often as of late.

Talli Roland said...

I used be wordy and I think now I've gone to the opposite extreme!

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