BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Isabel Allende on why English is the best language for writers

English languageI try to write beautifully, but accessibly. In the romance languages, Spanish, French, Italian, there’s a flowery way of saying things that does not exist in English. My husband says he can always tell when he gets a letter in Spanish: the envelope is heavy. In English a letter is a paragraph. You go straight to the point. In Spanish that’s impolite. Reading in English, living in English, has taught me to make language as beautiful as possible, but precise. Excessive adjectives, excessive description — skip it, it’s unnecessary. Speaking English has made my writing less cluttered. I try to read House of Spirits now, and I can’t. Oh my God, so many adjectives! Why? Just use one good noun instead of three adjectives.

And listen to this witty and powerful speech Isabel Allende delivered on passion and the best four minutes of her life…
http://www.ted.com/talks/isabel_allende_tells_tales_of_passion.html

photo credit: baggyjumper via photopin cc

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