Re: RARA-AVIS: Unreliable narrator

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 14 Nov 2005

One thought towards this: We learn to speak in phrases, not single words; thus, the prevalence of the cliche, the idiom, etc.
"Good" writing is merely writing that is more aware of its choice in words, aiming to start fresh rather than recycle trite language patterns. The obvious exception, of course, is or should be dialogue. Rob

--- wrote:

> I would say that plot-driven writing is generally
> inferior to
> character-driven, but it would take a course to
> explain that and also the difference between
> good writing and bad. I guess I have to sound
> elitist and say that some
> people know the difference between good writing and
> bad without being taught, but
> generally good writing is an acquired taste not
> shared by the reading majority.
> If you say something is a guilty pleasure, that's
> not saying it's good.
> That's saying that you like it despite the fact that
> you know it's not. I have this
> argument with my sister at least once a year. I know
> I'm stirring up more
> trouble by not examining this more carefully, but I
> have to get to the gym!
> Vicki
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
> removed]

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