Date: 2017-04-14 18:39
What looks like failure in the beginning is often the foundation of success. You have to grind out the hard work before you can enjoy your best work. 6
8. Embrace the struggle and do hard work. Did you see how many writers mentioned their struggle to write? Housseni said that his first drafts are 8775 difficult 8776 and 8775 laborious 8776 and 8775 disappointing. 8776 Russell called her writing 8775 bad. 8776 Kingsolver throws out a hundred pages before she gets to the first page of a book.
Hemingway understood and Bukowski understood and Steinbeck understood most of the time. Many do not understand. Faulkner understood, but he was too drunk to break down his work. You must break down your writing. Updike had potential, but he went to Harvard and Harvard killed it.
I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do.
As for your use of language: Remember that two great masters of language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce, wrote sentences which were almost childlike when their subjects were most profound. 8775 To be or not to be? 8776 asks Shakespeare 8767 s Hamlet. The longest word is three letters long. Joyce, when he was frisky, could put together a sentence as intricate and as glittering as a necklace for Cleopatra, but my favorite sentence in his short story 8775 Eveline 8776 is this one: 8775 She was tired. 8776 At that point in the story, no other words could break the heart of a reader as those three words do.
“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit,” Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 6989. 8776
Modern technology has its advantages, however. Whereas Vonnegut hypothesized that these emotional arcs could be analyzed by computers, Reagan and co. went ahead and used computers to find them. Their methodology is difficult to summarize, assuming you aren't familiar with "matrix decomposition by singular value decomposition (SVD), supervised learning by agglomerative (hierarchical) clustering with Ward’s method, or unsupervised learning by a self-organizing map (SOM, a type of neural network). If you do understand this level of mathematics, then, by all means, take a deeper dive into the article in its entirety.
It 8767 s kinda funny because people usually aim for higher level writing and in copywriting it 8767 s reverse logic
One of the fastest ways to make your copy easier for your readers to consume (and focus on) is to use what you mentioned in your very first point: Use short sentences.