Get the Powers to Act from Fresh Ideas

July 8, 2015

Importance of Processing Information or Imagination

Building Great Sentences by Brooks Landon

Importance of Processing Information page-123-125

Writers should "reveal their distinctive individuality, their personality as sound thinkers, through their writing." They need to present information to readers, but they should also show how they "process" the info they are sharing with their readers.

Writers devalue themselves whey they operate like "a security camera in a convenience store."

One supreme goal of writing is to "reveal the nature of the writer's mind at work, a process in which the writer wants readers to value the writer's thoroughness,accuracy and logic, but also writer's unique way of looking at and understanding the world." Stop writing like "an unthinking and unfeeling security camera."

Look at the opening sentence of Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Sharer"

On my right hand there were lines of fishing stakes resembling a mysterious system of half-submerged bamboo fences, incomprehensible in its division of the domain of tropical fishes, and crazy of aspect as if abandoned forever by some nomad tribe of fishermen now gone to the other end of the ocean; for there was no sign of human habitation as far as the eye could reach.

The narrator has "a very active imagination, and loves to use it to make stories out of what he sees."

If you are endowed with a fertile imagination flaunt it for the benefit of the world !!!

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