Writing Lesson: Glib, Cute, Idiot

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It’s easy to mistake facility with language with poetic ability. Don’t.

Wordplay, cuteness, glibness — all to show how damned clever you are just shows how lacking in substance your writing is. Cuteness, glibness cannot replace real insight, real ability in communicating insight about the human condition.

Being clever will cloud your message. If you have no message, clever is probably all you have.

You are not Kurt Vonnegut, or Richard Brautigan, or eecummings. Besides, they are all taken, and they are all dead.

Don’t be an idiot.

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