Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Le Mot Juste


To the man with an ear for verbal delicacies — the man who searches painfully for the perfect word, and puts the way of saying a thing above the thing said — there is in writing the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident.

H. L. Mencken

For me, writing is torture. I agonize over every word. I fret over spelling, punctuation, i before e, lay and lie, word rhythm, clarity of thought. You name it, I worry about it. And for all that, my writing seldom sparkles. So why do I write this blog?

I write to find out what I think. No matter where I start, my writing always takes me down a side road I never knew existed. And that "constant joy of sudden discovery" is what urges me on.


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