have you read any actual myths lately? They’re weird. Really weird. So weird they make me wonder if The Hero’s Journey, as interpreted by screenplay gurus, ignores the uncanny, disturbing, and intriguing weirdness of the myths on which it is based.
You have to be brave to take out that white sheet of paper and put on it words that could be evidence of your stupidity.
Die Gäste der After-Show-Party waren gespalten. Die einen vertraten die Meinung, gerade der lieblosesten Verleihung des Deutschen Fernsehpreises seit der Moderation von Marco Schreyl und Nazan Eckes beigewohnt zu haben. Die anderen waren sicher, die unwürdigste Darbietung seit der ersten Gala 1998 gesehen zu haben.
1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.
2. Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.
3. Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean “More people died” don’t say “Mortality rose.”
4. In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was “terrible,” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers “Please will you do my job for me.”
5. Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.