Friday, August 19, 2005
A quick note about writing
There was a time when I was writing fiction by night and technical manuals by day. In the technical stuff, I strove for minimalism - for every word, sentence, or fact, I asked "Who cares? Does this really help?" and if I didn't have a good answer, I cut it. I wrote excellent manuals. But I couldn't turn it off at night, and when I applied the same standard to my fiction, there was nothing left at all.
Now, I don't write fiction myself and I sort of suspect that some writers are able to write in a variety of styles, but still, there's something there, right?