Great writing is an allusion to the transcendent.  While grammar and structure might be helpful, they’re simply a means, not an end.  The rules can be ignored if you direct your audience’s mind onto the Wordless.

(Which can be done, ironically, through the inspired use of words.)

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14 thoughts on “Musings

  1. Good day.
    I’d say structure is essential otherwise the edifice will fall. However, there is structure in logic and there is logic in grammar. One can forgo the rules of grammar but not logic’s order. So if one writes logically it’s readable, otherwise it might sound beautiful but without making sense people won’t remember what they’ve read. Cheers!

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      • Really? If you liked it, you understood it. You understood the words that were spoken. It wasn’t word salad or gibberish. I’m not talking about the concepts or ideas expressed in the work.

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      • I’ve liked plenty of gibberish. I’ve also had a friend who recommended life of PI to me, then got frustrated when I asked why he liked it. He couldn’t explain it; he just said it was a good movie. Also, there’s an underlying clash of philosophies here between you and I; you’re attempting to impose some supposed objectivity onto my subjective experience, which won’t be possible in the end. It will go down a philosophical rabbit hole where we end up questioning what is at the heart of existence, and whether I am actually real or a construct, and whether all of life is an illusion.

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      • “Language does not always have to wear a tie and lace-up shoes,” writes Stephen King. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”


  2. I have enough trouble trying to express the basics let alone the transcendent. Think I’m going to start there and work my way up. Not aiming for great writing though, just an an entertaining story. Baby steps.

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