Simplicity in Writing

Author Don Massenzio

I’m making my way through the book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve, by Ben Blatt. So far, I’ve posted tidbits about his analysis of adverbs, exclamation points, gender identification in writing and writers following their own advice.

This post deals with a fascinating subject. It centers on simplicity in writing and how the words that are used determine the level of literacy.

Blatt starts out with the example of the work of Dr. Seuss. As a children’s writer, early in his career, Seuss was issued a challenge from his editor. After publishing Horton Hears a Who!, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo, his editor challenged him to write a story that first graders can’t put down.

Seuss was given a list of about 300 words and was told to make a book out of them. After months…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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One Response to Simplicity in Writing

  1. Thanks for sharing this, as well.

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