Great writers use word count to make their writing powerful. They also use variations of form and style. For example, e e cummings was either a creative genius, mildly allergic to capital letters, or recognized savvy marketing when he saw it.
“There is a TIME AND PLACE to be WORDY — and… There is a TIME AND A PLACE to be BRIEF.” – Marsha Carol Watson Gandy
I agree with Ms. Gandy. My problem is knowing which is which. Reading the quote as written also begs some explanation. Ms. Gandy has a unique style of presentation. Almost like an autograph. She IS a WRITER with a three-octave range, as least as far as her use of characters.
Vary the Length of Your Written Work
Solomon wrote something similar in Ecclesiastes,
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
Be brief, simple, or austere when you want folks to see or grasp what you intend. Make the thought or image a focal point. One tree alone is powerful; one tree in a forest is invisible.
Word count can create power or suck the life out of your piece.
Do you have a recognizable style in your creative work? I don’t think I could pull off something as unique and bold as Ms. Gandy.
Yet there is room for all; writers and styles in each author’s toolbox. Experiment with ALL of THEM.
Interesting article of opinions on which writers have the most unique or recognizable styles from Quora. Who would you add to the list?
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