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First time here, so I don't know your site protocols. I agree that bookisms can be annoying or redundant or can even defeat the expository role they are often designed to fulfill. A writer need not avoid them completely, just use them with great economy. I'm a poet currently working on two novels, and I'd like to share a stylistic transfer with you and get your opinion. In writing poetry, of course, LESS IS MORE, and a good poet has faith in the power of image, metaphor, and format to do their job and meld to SHOW NOT TELL. We do not expect those two principles to be followed all that closely in fiction. I find, however, that I WANT to follow them quite closely, but this practice usually means MORE WORDS, which is annoying. Some examples; Rather than write ,"she sneezed violently', I want to write "when she sneezed her eyes squeezed shut and her head shot forward". Rather than write, "He could feel murdereous violence in the room" I want to write "All the men in the room wore dark suits bulging on one side of the chest. Heads constantly swivelled as slitted eyes assessed the newcomers" You see what I'm getting at? Seems to me if I'm going to continue with this style in fiction, I must exercise more economy. The determination to SHOW could result in undue reader attention to secondary descriptive moments, hence miring down plot development etc. Any thoughts out there?.
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