Thursday, October 5, 2017
Brian Niemeier on How to Polish Your Prose
If there is one addition I would make to Brian Niemeier's and Ray Bradbury's advice, it is to take advantage of audio books when you can. English is still a spoken language, after all, and many of the nuances only make themselves apparent when spoken. Rhythm, meter, word order, etc.. And, for those editing their own works, the spoken word reveals mistakes and clunky prose in a more stark manner than non-verbal reading. Try reading your words aloud when editing.
Because the last thing you want is someone echoing Harrison Ford's infamous complaint--"George, you can type this shit, but you can't say it!"