Don’t Fear to Be Simple

As a writer, you will spend many words (frequently a million) learning to write. During this time, you might imitate. You might expound. You might frill your writing with long words, extra words, foreign words, adverbs, and prettiness. You probably should go through this, but here’s the point: go through it, and come out the other side. At some point, you will do that elusive thing that is called ‘dicovering your voice.’ You will find the style that is yourself. Most often, that is a process of clearing away the extraneous in your writing.

What you find on the other side is deceptively simple. You might feel the nervous desire to re-insert some of those frills, some of that French to give you a little class, some of those long words to satisfy intellectuals, something for everyone. Try not to. Trust yourself; it all comes back to trusting yourself.

The writing you have now, on the other side of those million words, is your style, free of the frills and furbelows, your voice distilled. Don’t be afraid of it.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. xiamcorl
    Sep 30, 2008 @ 11:52:47

    Do you consider my writtings to be complex or simple? don’t worry you won’t offend me I just would like your opinion.


  2. asherose
    Sep 30, 2008 @ 15:33:04

    I feel that your work is still in the learning process. (Of course, so is mine—I hope it always will be. When you stop learning, you’ve quit growing.) As for the question of whether it’s simple or complex, that’s a long question, but the short answer is, I think you aren’t suffering too much from extraneous words and trying to make it look pretty with big adjectives, etc, which is what this post was about.

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