Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Make it easy on your readers

Easy reading is damn hard writing ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Now, ain't that the truth?!

Mediocre writers can throw around big words with the best of them, but are they communicating? Sometimes we just can't stop ourselves. We feel as if we must work hard to sound intelligient.

Instead of writing to communicate, we write to impress. Resist the temptation to do that. Commuications is the goal. Make it easy on your readers. They'll thank you for it by turning pages and not being able to put your book down.

7 comments:

Shakespeare said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am not stupid, but sometimes I find it hard to get through a paragraph of someone's writing... and it shouldn't be hard.

This is very appropriate for me right now, too, as I am revising (a.k.a. shredding) a manuscript.

Mariodacat said...

Very good post. I sometimes tend to get carried away - this is an excellent reminder.

Jeff King said...

Now, ain't that the truth?!

AMEN...

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