Posted by: Jodi | May 2, 2010

Quickly Quotable #6

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?

George Orwell (1903 – 1950) “Politics and the English Language,” 1946

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  1. Sigh. Looks like I’m *NOT* a scrupulous writer.

  2. Excellent quote ~ and I disagree with Rik’s comment about his own writing.

    I find him both scrupulous and scruple-less as a writer! : )

    • I do too, stop beating yourself up Rik!

  3. Amazing quote… I should tell this one to people who thinks we simply “sit down and write when inspiration strikes.” 🙂

    • Oh I wish it were that easy. I do hear that with years of experience and practice that writing well gets a bit easier. Until then…

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