Instant Bluebird :: You best be born tricky


Can I point out that I often disrupt adjectival word order in order to create tension, build rhythm, devise a MacGuffin, and more?

In technical writing, you don’t want anything to jump out at the reader except for direct meaning.

If you’re a journalist, the word count and the publication style offer constraints. However, long-form (features) writing is designed with some clever maneuvering in mind.

With creative writing, it is in your best interest to be born tricky with language.

It is probably better to not think of writing exclusively as “story” and “grammar” and to consider it more akin to, say, card tricks and close magic.

Keep it quick; make it tricky; never obfuscate for obscurity’s sake: go make those words dance in your hands.

4 thoughts on “Instant Bluebird :: You best be born tricky”

  1. Why can’t I have a green great dragon? What if it is a Great Dragon that is green? More specifically, what if there is an adjective in the title of an object? Does that cause tension? Could I have a lazy green fire breathing Dutch colonial great dragon? Where does flavor fit in the rules? Is flavor an opinion? Do these pants make my butt look big?

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