Jamesaritchie – 2008-05-24 2:14 PM
Transparent writing can still dance, play, sing, scream, you name it. But it uses cadence and rhythm, rather than writerly words and phrases. Read Ray Bradbury. Maybe the best stylist of them all, he almost always uses simple words, and simple phrases, letting cadence and rhythm do the work.
Good, invisible writing is about the senses. You see the look in a child’s eyes on Christmas morning, you hear the whisper of a lover’s voice, you taste the dew of a freshly plucked strawberry, you touch the wet muzzle of a friendly dog, and you smell the salt of the ocean spray.
What you don’t see is the writer showing off with words.
Thank you for that eloquent, transparent explanation, James! I sure am learning a lot here.