50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer (Part III)
Quick summary of essential writing strategies based on Roy Peter Clark’s podcast Roy’s Writing Tools (based on his book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer). This is Part III with strategies 21-30. Part II is here.
Strategy 21: Know when to back off and when to show off Two modes in writing: understatement and overstatement (hyperbole). The more serious/dramatic the subject, the more the writer should back off in order not to let language distract from the story. The story tells itself. The more playful/inconsequential the subject, the more the writer can play around with words.