Growing as Writers

As we grow as writers, our aims change. When we start out, we aim to impress with elaborate vocabulary and complex syntax. But as we mature, our aim becomes less to impress than to communicate clearly.  That is, we learn to write, not to impress, but to express.  And communicating clearly sometimes means jettisoning impressive “sesquipedalian” words and choosing simpler, clearer, more energetic ones in their place.

October 12, 2009

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