Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing
avoids errors. Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind
— vividly, forcefully — that good writing, which stops with clarity and
logic, doesn’t. - Samuel Delany
This is one reason why I support and encourage self-publishing. Most publishers and even many editors will dictate a writer to write within small boxes:
- "Write for your audience."
- "Stick to the grammar rules!"
- "This is too vague."
- "Don't use the first-person narrative."
- "Never, never mix point-of-views and narrators!!!"
- "You can't start a sentence with a conjunction."
Bah! Think and write outside the box! Free yourself!
"But 'good writing' might, after all, be the wrong ideal to aim for."
- excerpted from a wonderful essay, "Good Writing vs. Talented Writing
", on BrainPickings website
by Samuel Delany.