How do I let James Joyce--and others--develop my prose without...?
Literature makes a lion out of me. In its acquaintance, I'm prone to brash punctuation, archaic language, and woeful redundancy. In my young-adult fervor I attempt to emulate the masters.
As I read elegant prose I tend to notice the following grammatical inconsistencies in my work:
- Redundancy - Victorians used extra language (often french synonyms) to bolster social status.
- Overly complex compound clauses.
- Complex, and misused punctuation (hyphens, colon, semicolon etc.).** this might be the worst
- Archaic language.
How do I let Joyce develop my prose without getting too far ahead of myself? What warnings or tips do you have that could help me avoid try-hard grammatical failure?
I have one thing to add to Patty's excellent answer.
Focus first on what the writer is saying -- the content and meaning -- rather than the writer's style. Joyce is a great writer primarily because what he said he said had lasting truth -- and secondarily because he was a great stylist.
If a writer's words carry no essential meaning or truth, no amount of wordsmithing can save the day.
I hope this helps.
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