While out and about in downtown Fort Worth yesterday post jury duty and pre-train back home, I wandered through Barnes & Noble. After snagging a few bargain books, debating over purchasing new crochet books, realizing that my shaken iced green tea lemonade was not as caffeine-laden as I needed after four hours of voir dire, I found myself in the Writing section of the book store. Thanks to a push from my lovely brother over Christmas, I have started journaling daily in order to get my brain working in a write-minded way again. To help along my journaling, I bought Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale. It’s an older book (copyright 1999), but so far I’m enjoying the read. (My all-time favorite book on writing is the appropriately titled On Writing by Stephen King.)
Hale includes five new principles of prose:
Relish every word.
Be simple, but go deep.
Find the right pitch.
I am hoping to find my writing self again. Perhaps I will, perhaps I won’t. Either way, I will be writing more and sharing more with you.