24 July 2008

Vonnegut on good writing

I’ve just come across a helpful article by Kurt Vonnegut on ‘How to Write with Style’. A couple of excerpts:

Remember that two great masters of language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce, wrote sentences which were almost childlike when their subjects were most profound.

If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.

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