Language is complicated. And that’s fine. I think it should be. There should be a difference between the language written for a six-year-old and the language written for a 20-year-old. However, sometimes I think that books and intellectual articles are verbose for the point of being verbose. Not intentionally. Though, giving the CliffsNotes is clearly preferable to explaining all the footnotes, as the footnotes often give the appearance of over saturation.

 

When writing creatively, it’s okay to let all these tendencies out. At least, on the rough draft. I am not talking about plot points or story boarding. In this case, I’m really just talking about being efficient when describing what you want to describe. There are examples in many popular books, where the author just goes off on tangents that in theory help build the scenario, but in reality just drone on and on and on.

 

Hopefully the critical eye can catch this, but the more popular a book is in a series the less likely it appears that the editor is willing to interfere. There are plenty of examples of this from Harry Potter to a Song of Ice and Fire to The Wheel of Time. Basically, I’m referring to a written form of rambling. In some cases it can be enjoyable and in other cases it is not. Frequently, I think it is enjoyable, at least in controlled doses that don’t drastically affect the length or pacing of a novel. Otherwise it just feels a lot like slogging through, hoping that it will end.

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