Thursday, August 2, 2007

Plain and simple

This was passed to me in an email, and I thought it was very sound advice.

Erasure is as important as writing. Prune what is turgid, elevate what is commonplace, arrange what is disorderly, introduce rhythm where language is harsh, modify where it is too absolute. The best method of correction is to put aside for a time what we have written, so that when we come to it again it may have an aspect of novelty, as of being another man's work; in this way we may preserve ourselves from regarding our writings with the affection we lavish upon a newborn child.~Marcus Fabius Quintilianus

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Good one, I like that.