Quotes for Writers

Quotes for Writers   Use definite, specific, concrete language. Prefer the specific to the general, the definite to the vague, the concrete to the abstract. A period of unfavorable weather set in. → It rained every day for a week. He showed satisfaction as he took possession of his well-earned reward. → He grinned as he pocketed the coin. If those who have studied the art of writing are in accord on any one point, it is this: the surest way to arouse and hold the reader’s attention is by being specific, definite, and concrete. The greatest writers—Homer, Dante, Shakespeare—are effective largely because they deal in particulars and report the details that matter. Their words call up pictures. …It is not that every detail is given—that would be impossible, as well as to no...
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