Learning to Write II
Snow blanketed the field. This is not good enough. You have to find fresh language.
In Learning to Write I I quoted Ezra Pound. Here is something else he said: Make it new.
By this he meant exactly what he said, but he also meant that you should make it specific rather than general. Don’t say the floor was littered with clothes when you can say that there were three brightly coloured shirts, one with the buttons torn off and another tied into a knot.
Don’t try to be a writer without a thesaurus. Life is hard enough as it is.