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14 June 2010


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So very true! It takes confidence in your writing to kick away those props - but it's essential. Thanks for the good thoughts.

It's true that some insecure writers cover up with what they think looks good. However, what happens when your natural internal dialogue is in flowery language?

Great question, Mnelae--it's the first time I've ever been asked this, so all I can do is to make two suggestions:

1. Examine yourself closely to see if you really do "think" in flowery language.

2. Practice drafting in words that an 8-year-old (or some other age of a child you know well) could understand. I don't mean to "dumb down" the content--just use simpler vocabulary. When you hit a word that doesn't have a simpler synonym, don't worry; leave it as it is.

Thanks for the question! It made me think.

Agreed. I prefer to write as if speaking. Personally, it makes for easier reading as well.

However, is there a risk that this style of writing is viewed as amateurish due to the prose getting dumbed down?

Thanks for the question. Actually, some research shows that simpler, clearer writing makes the writer look more intelligent, not less.

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