Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
Students are frequently told to flower-up their language to make it sound more elegant and astute. The problem is that flowering-up with the wrong kind of words just makes the writing worse.
The trick is to know how and what to cut, and this video will provide insight into this task. Your writing will become more powerful as it becomes more lean. I call the extra weight in language "deadwood," referring to the fact that it is occupying space but not accomplishing anything.
Most good writing teachers instruct students to over-write by about a third, so that in revision you can ruthlessly hack away at the deadwood and have solid language when you are through.
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By Darin L. Hammond
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