Word Ways


Many beginning writers are easily disheartened when their work is criticized for that inevitable tyro vice, wordiness. Others, indignant over what they consider to be an impugnment of their artistic sensitivity, ignore all admonitions to tighten up their styles, choosing instead to continue at the ration of one sentence per ream of paper. Still others, intent on pleasing their mentors, plunge immediately into the kind of ellipticism that would make J.P. Donleavy seem like a chatterbox. The following hypothetical situation concerns such a fellow.