Sunday, June 24, 2012

Have You Met...George?

George Orwell, that is. Yeah, yeah - Animal Farm, 1984, I know.

But many people don't realize that Orwell (or Eric Arthur Blair, his real name) was an even better essayist and journalist than he was a creator of fiction. He had the ability - born of native talent and long, careful effort - to convey the most complex and nuanced ideas in simple, powerful language.

You want to improve your writing? You want to wring all the mush, stale clich├ęs and tired description out of your prose? Then read Orwell's essay Politics and the English Language. Go ahead. Do it now - you can thank me later.

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