Is simplicity an inspiration for writing?

“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” — Oscar Wilde.

When I read such amazing quotations about simplicity, I feel like step out and explore the meaning and vastness of simplicity. In fact, William Hazlitt in his prose piece, On familiar style is scornful of the writers whose writing style is pedantic, with affectation and pretense, showy and gaudy, and thus it lacks a familiar style and even common sense too.

How Can It Be Achieved?

Simplicity can only be harvested from within, through hard work, engagement, and insight. This is even evident from the “Ode to Simplicity” by the eminent Pre- Romantic poet, William Collins in which simplicity is given numerous traits like “hermit heart”, “chaste” and “ decent maid with an attic robe”.

Writing Is A Marriage

Hence, these poets and writers who have a popular name and fame, also understand that no writing piece is written for the exhibition of complex vocabulary. Writing is a marriage of thoughts with words. If words lack simplicity and the writing style is extremely verbose and florid, it is not going to attract millions of readers. They will rather open the book, read 2 pages and keep it somewhere in the nook of a library to never pick that up for reading again.

Target More Readers

Thus, there is no major use of allusions, aphorisms, Latin expressions in one’s writing than to show the wide scholarship of the writer. In fact, one should avoid it and keep writing simple, to attract maximum readers.

This reminds me of another quote from the master of the art:

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci.

Updated on: 30-Jul-2019


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