The literary world attributes le mot juste, or “the exact word,” to 19th-century author Gustave Flaubert: “All talent for writing consists, after all, of nothing more than choosing words. It’s precision that gives writing power.” Beyond this pointed sentence, the author dropped plenty of good lines about style: “Style is as much under […]
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Search the Amazon Books category “how to write,” and 196,538 books turn up. (Think again if you’re slaving over a similar book.) I stick to classic tomes—chock-full of smart, practical advice. Take two: “A single overstatement, wherever or however it occurs, diminishes the whole, and a carefree superlative has the […]