CLARITY - SHOULD IT BE NEXT TO GODLINESS?
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I know the saying states cleanliness is next to godliness but writers should have clarity beside it instead.
|Clarity - should it be next to godliness instead of cleanliness? I think so!|
“It's time that we became uber-efficient with our knowledge-based logistical paradigm shifts.”
Would anyone care to translate this garbage? It is not the worst example either.
How about “It's time to revamp and reboot our optional incremental programming.”?
Something needs rebooting here. I would say whoever came up with that needs reminding (and often I suspect) that the primary purpose of language is to communicate clearly. How do we get through to the culprits more words does not necessarily mean better communication?
|Clarity of thought should lead to clarity of expression|
One advantage of writing flash fiction (which is my other writing “hat”) is it teaches you to write succinctly as there’s no room for anything not crucial to the story. Having to write to meet the demands of flash fiction carries over into other creative work, which is no bad thing. I’ve found it has shown me what my “wasted” words are. Mine are “very” and “actually” and I will be going through this piece carefully to make sure there are none here, other than those obviously!
|Editing is a vital tool in the campaign to be clear.|
My favourite recent example of grammatical inaccuracy was on social media and showed a magazine headline claiming “X loves cooking her family and her pets”. No commas, whatsoever. Should X invite me to dinner, I’m turning it down. I would suggest you do the same or pick X’s vegetarian option!
|Love the idea of a new world emerging from what we write but it must be clearly set up!|
Of course it isn’t. There is never time for biting the bullet with cliches and what someone thinks sounds important but is just nonsense.
There is a place for nonsense writing and for me that’s in the wonderful verse of Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and the like. Those great writers knew what they were doing and were happily playing with words, which is a joy to do. The contributors to the gobbledygook generator are merely mangling and crushing all meaning out of the words they are using. Shakespeare would turn in his grave.
We can follow no better example than our Lord's when it comes to simple, clear storytelling.
|The world is becoming smaller due to technology but this makes clarity even more essential|