...I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows. Anything you know you can eliminate and it only strengthens your iceberg. It is the part that doesn't show. If a writer omits something because he does not know it then there is a hole in the story.~ Ernest Hemingway
How can we give our writing power?
Ken Macrorie provides nine strategies used by good writers for more powerful writing:
1. They do not waste words.
2. They speak in an authentic voice.
3. They put the reader there, make him believe.
4. They cause things to happen for the reader as they happened for the writer (or narrator).
5. They create oppositions which pay off in surprise.
6. They build.
7. They ask something of the reader.
8. They reward the reader with meaning.
9. They present ideas, actions, or details that are solid, like an apple with its core and flesh, and however small or momentary, are rounded and complete in themselves.
In addition, he encourages (and we all know this) strong metaphors, adjectives, full verbs, repetition, powerful rhythms and surprise.
Most good writing is: clear, vigorous, honest, alive, sensuous, appropriate, unsentimental, rhythmic, without pretension, fresh, metaphorical, evocative in sound, economical, authoritative, surprising, memorable, and light.
And there you have it. UGH! This writing business is nothing if not hard work. But that's why we love it, right?!
How do you make your writing more powerful?
P.S. Les Edgerton, the author of Hooked, stopped by and left us his blog address. Go follow him! (http://lesedgertononwriting.blogspot.com/)