"You come by your style by learning what to leave out. At first you tend to overwrite--embellishment instead of insight"--Billy Collins
I see no reason why emails should be less-well-crafted than any other writing. Blog comments, too. I wouldn't want these poor little sentences to feel like the ugly stepsisters when compared with my "real" writing. Then again, maybe I'm too sentimental.
Mittens, I completely agree with you. Your comment is probably the #1 reason I don't comment on posts very often. Unless I've got something extrordinary to contribute, I'd rather let the more exerperienced crafters have at it.
Writing and crafting have the same number of syllables (two). But for the latter, I can't help imaging crafting spoken in a British accent, pompously stretching it into three syllables as only the British can.I know intention is that one should really think about how words, punctuation, and syntax affect a sentence before putting it to paper. It makes me think of first draft vs. later drafts, the first gloriously mess where you do just throw stuff on the page. The later drafts are when you get into the "crafting". Without the mess, we wouldn't have books, only a few perfectly written sentences...or maybe just poetry.
This is beautiful; true; well-said. Basically, there is a difference between vomiting words onto paper and actually creating art. Words can create emotion and stimulate imagination in any ol' form, but only a master can create wording that makes "magic"!
It's all practice. Every sentence I create is another chance to put together words in a beautiful way. It's wasteful not to pay attention to words. My words represent me, especially when they are thrown out in to the netherland of texts, post comments, and e-mails. Always crafting, never writing.
Every sentence has the potential to blossom into beauty, fear, love, hope, inspiration, challenge, etc in someone else's mind, and therein lies the art. It's part of why I love tweeting - great practice in conveying thoughts in a short, meaningful way. And, I love what Laura said about no sentences being ugly stepsisters. What a fabulous example of beautiful, descriptive writing. ;-))
So true! And what a beautifully crafted way to say it. There's something enormously satisfying about putting together a sentence and/or paragraph that can only be described as "art".
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