Be a minimalist 😉
The days of Marcel Proust are over. Writing single sentences that stretch out to 600 words won’t impress anyone. As Hemingway famously replied to Faulkner’s accusation that he didn’t know how to use big words: “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”
I certainly don’t think so. Hemingway was a renowned minimalist. His iceberg theory put to bed – or so we thought – the rambling, chest-beating brainy prose of the likes of Joyce and Proust. However, there’s more to minimalism than Hemingway.
Being able to conjure up broad, intimate images in a reader’s mind with only a few signpost words is a greater feeling than word-vomit, I think. Think of a simplistic Japanese painting or even a tranquil Van Gogh.
There is beauty all around us. A writer’s task is not to show us how good his writing is, it’s showing us a new…
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