I don't feel the world is looking over my shoulder when I am working - I never think about this at all. What I think about is trying to make my work pure, and if it is pure it is accessible. It is quite straightforward really.Ian Hamilton Finlay
in conversation with Nagy Rashwan
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.Ezra Pound. ABC of Reading, 1934
Cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can … It is comprehensible when I write: ‘The man sat on the grass,’ because it is clear and does not detain one’s attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: ‘The tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully.’ The brain can’t grasp all that at once, and art must be grasped at once, instantaneously.Anton Chekhov in a letter to Maxim Gorky, 1899.