“Choose words the average writer avoids, but the average reader understands.”
Words! Words! Words! Remembering the simple ones everyone knows but no one writes with is the hardest part of story crafting–whether fact or fiction.
“The reading vocabulary of the average citizen is larger than the writing vocabulary of the typical author” (69). And Clark adds, “All of us possess a reading vocabulary as big as a lake but draw from a writing vocabulary as small as a pond” (70).
It reminds me of C.S. Lewis. His book, Mere Christianity, focuses on some of the hardest life concepts, but his words are the size children would understand. If they were served at McDonald’s, they would come in Happy Meals.
“[Donald] Hall celebrates writers who ‘are original, as if seeing a thing for the first time; yet they report their vision in a language that reaches the rest of us‘ ” (71).
I am like that. I want to be reached and so understand . . . something purely epic.
It’s like Jesus Christ. He told simple parables. Yet people liked them because it was their language spoken to them.
Perhaps think about being a child again. Somehow, they never forget to play.