Writing small

I posted this wonderful quote on my Instagram account today. (bellbirdwords).

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This is so important, and it’s an issue I help many of my clients with. It’s closely related to the “show, don’t tell” rule; another vital principle of good writing that I’m often reiterating to beginner writers.

It’s tempting to think you have to “write big” about big issues. It’s much more powerful, however, to write quietly; to whisper the most profound things. Even better, to “get out of the way” and let those things whisper their power all by themselves. Often what we leave out, what we gently brush past and touch only fleetingly, is more powerful than what we say outright or announce with flourishes and fanfare.

Trust your readers to pick up on resonances and build their own universe of understanding.

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