Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Hidden Music of Words

“Writing isn’t a conveyor belt bearing the reader to ‘the point’ at the end of the piece, where the meaning will be revealed,” Klinkenborg argues. 

Good writing is significant everywhere, delightful everywhere.”

"Yes: there should be pleasure in prose; you should be able to revel in each sentence’s energetic verbs and surprising metaphors, its “texture, pace, structure, actuality.” To be disciplined as a writer is to care about every single word and how it relates to every other word. Put another way, to be disciplined as a writer is to care less about what your reader will extract from your sentences and more about how your reader will experience them."

"Try reading your own sentences out loud. How do you feel about them? Well, trust that feeling."