October 10, 2003

Do You Have Style?

"You will be impatient to find a "style"-- to embellish the plain words so that readers will recognize you as someone special."

..."This is the problem of writers who set out diliberately to garnish their prose. You lose whatever it is that makes you unique. The reader will notice if you are putting on airs. Readers want the person who is talking to them to sound genuine. Therefore a fundamental rule is: be yourself.

"No rule, however, is harder to follow. It requires writers to do two things that by their metabolism are impossible. They must relax and they mush have confidence."

from On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Posted by fred1st at October 10, 2003 04:39 AM | TrackBack
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What attracts me to "Fragments from Floyd" is your "genuineness" (not sure if that's a word). I really feel as if you are talking to me as a person - not trying to make an impression. I love the way you write - wish I could do the same!

Posted by: Jenny at October 10, 2003 06:37 AM

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