Creativity vs. clarity

Subject: Creativity vs. clarity
From: Mark Levinson <mark -at- SD -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1994 10:30:26 IST

In "creative" writing, (which I'll assume means writing fiction or poetry),
you're trying to achieve the same goals you're trying to achieve in technical
writing; you're communicating ideas to an audience, you're describing
physical attributes and processes, and you're trying to present your message
clearly in a way that will interest and inform your readers.

** I think a lot of creative writing is not necessarily clear in the usual
sense of the word. What does "the answer is blowing in the wind" mean?
What really went on between Hamlet and Ophelia? Sometimes creative
writers interest their readers by underinforming them.

||- Mark L. Levinson, mark -at- sd -dot- co -dot- il -- Box 5780, 46157 Herzlia, Israel -||
|| If God intended 1 space between sentences, why do we have 2 thumbs? ||

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