A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:
1. What am I trying to say?
2. What words will express it?
3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?
4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
I’m totally loving the past several entries on poets.org. I never thought e.e. cummings could get better, but this picture keeps making me laugh and making me think and doing all the lovely things poetry does, but somehow it’s doing it better.
And there are so many other good ones. Go check them out. And also, I just gotta say, thank goodness for Rachel Fershleiser for always pointing out awesome stuff.