Creative Writing: For People Who Can’t Not Write
There is the “pseudo-proverb.” Arthur Koestler’s definition from his 700 page The Art of Creation: ”two logically incompatible statements that have been combined into a line whose rhythm and style make it sound like a virtuous moral adage or golden rule of right living. One should never work between meals. One should not carry moderation to extremes. They only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”
“A good writer is a graceful guest in the reader’s brain.” Cites Hemingway: “Easy writing makes hard reading.” The writer hasn’t worked at it. And the reverse is true too: hard writing (i.e., the kind of writing the author has suffered over) makes easy reading.