It’s no secret I love to read. Been actually busy compiling my next reading list.
I’ve come to recognize prose that’s easy on the eye, traveling swiftly from page to page.
Omit needless words, comes to mind, the advice given in the classic book, Elements of Style, highly recommended to all writers. The author who slims and trims is always the author for me, not just as an entertainer, but a mentor reminding me to prune my own prose.
Hemingway, the king of brevity, said, if there’s a word you feel your story just can’t live without, that’s when you know it’s gotta go.
That rings true for me, since it’s ego based, and since Ernest, who wasn’t exactly an alter boy also said, God is the one doing the writing, it reminds me of the acronym for ego…Easing God Out.
Unless you’re Dickens or Tolstoy, who never met a word they didn’t like, humbly editing yourself is the wiser way to go.
As a reader, I want to be engaged, not flogged by one’s academia. Some of the finest writers never went to school. Mark Twain, Maya Angelou and Mr. Dickens, to name three.
Let’s toss in Ray Bradbury, Truman Capote and William Faulkner.
Scrolls on the wall are boring, I don’t care how lavishly framed.
When I pick up a book, and yes, I still prefer the weight of one on my lap like a lover whispering in my ear, I expect its contents to take me on a journey, leaving all concerns on the dock waving as we pull out of port.
Good reading should feel like downhill skiing…soft, smooth, the turn of the pages, like the wind in your hair.
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