The Beauty Of Superb Writing Is What Is Left Out
The beauty of a superb piece of writing (as a gorgeous musical composition) is what is left out–the
empty spaces. A writer does not want to confuse the writer with clutter. Every thing that is not necessary has
been taken out.
You want every word, every phrase, every sentence and paragraph
to matter. I always said that an excellent editor is worth their weight in gold. It is very difficult for the
writer to see their piece objectively.
You always need someone from the outside
who you trust for their advice on your written piece. Sure you need to do everything you can before you submit
your piece to someone else.
Nevertheless, at some point you need to present your
piece to someone else for their opinion. You have to be very careful who you choose and when to do this. You
have given your piece your all.
Now it is time to let someone else read it.
Everything that gets in the way has to be taken out or changed. You want every word to count. You can not do
this by yourself.
You Always Need A Mission To Write
You always need a mission to write and at the same time you must have an imaginary audience.
It is that audience which gives your writing focus. It is striving to reach them which will give
you the words you need to complete your mission.
necessary to reach your audience will come if you know why you are writing. You may not know how
to get there but the words will materialize as you make your journey.
only job when you are complete with this leg of the journey is not to confuse the reader and take out
everything that gets in the way. If you can still delete your passage and your writing stands
it was not necessary.
You always need a mission to write and that
always comes first. Know why you are writing. And to whom. The words always follow.
They do not come first but are always last. Start with your mission.