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Thread #104248 Message #2132210
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
23-Aug-07 - 03:57 PM
Thread Name: BS: What are the absolutes of good writing?
Subject: RE: BS: What are the absolutes of good writing?
I'm with ebbie on flow. If I'm reading something and i suddenly hit an awkward phrase, it stops me cold. A recent example in a book I'm reading right now by a writer who I value as high as anyone: "She could hear him smile from the other room." C'mon!!!!!! What, he has really bad braces and they click when he smiles?
And while you're at it, I'd appreciate it if people would take it easy on adjectives.
My favorite book on writing is Bird By Bird by Amm Lamott. The book is hilarious and wise.