“Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.” ~ Joseph Conrad

I would add:  “in every word.”

I try to be conscious of every word I use, not just for its color, smell, feel and possible deeper metaphorical associations, but for its rhythm in the sentence.  Never a great student of poetry, I am a great lover of music, and I believe good prose must have movement, tone, meter — all of which envelop the reader in additional layers of meaning, giving her/him extra pleasure in the reading.  Besides, it’s more fun to write this way!

 

 

Joseph Conrad on the Art of Writing

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