The Importance of Defamiliarizing Words

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The latest Glimmer Train bulletin is available, and I love this piece by Kevin Haworth on why he started to read poetry to improve his fiction:

I understood what my professor meant about extending my vocabulary, not just with new, fancy words, but by going back to what I already knew and making each word work harder. I understood how important it was to defamiliarize each word we use, shake off its rust and let it shimmer with meaning. I have tried to write that way ever since.

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