Tag Archives: Style

Jonathan Franzen on writing (dreams)

In last night’s Consolidating Your Skills class the discussion touched on the use of dream sequences in stories and I was saying that over the years I’ve come to distrust their use. They’re an easy way for an author to indicate the state of mind of a character, and because of that they’re used too […]

Hot tears

Cliches: we all use them but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t crass, lazy and dumb – especially when used in writing. Good writers avoid them, or at least excise them before publication. One writer even went to war on them (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_Against_Clich%C3%A9).    Anyway, I’ve been thinking about them lately because Ivor in the Saturday […]