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October 09, 2009


Lexi Revellian

Superb post, oh Anonymous One - you've definitely got 'a sort of authorial perception or intelligence that engages my own'.

Re No. 3, as a child I always skipped description, until at the age of twelve I read Mary Renault's 'The Bull from the Sea'. Her descriptions are brief but so vivid you see the scene as if spotlit. She won me round.

Meredith Phillips

Thanks, Agatho!
I couldn't have said it better myself. I'm going to suggest that all our authors read this.

(btw, it's participles ;-)

Elizabeth Spann Craig

I'm tweeting this one. Thanks.

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Alex Moore

great post!

it, of course, depends upon my purpose for reading, but when i'm reading for pleasure i think i can make it past almost anything except 2. Stilted, choppy language/sentence structure distracts me beyond belief.

oh and tense changes. i hate going back & forth between present & past. ;)

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