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Quotes / Beige Prose

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"Adjectives are unnecessary."

"Good prose is like a window pane."

"Sometimes, it's unavoidable to say, 'You miss. He hits. You take 7 damage.'"
Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Master's Guide

"He came to the river. The river was there."
Ernest Hemingway, "Big Two-Hearted River"

"If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written."
Ernest Hemingway, "Moveable Feast"

"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over."

"He has never used a word where the reader might check his usage by a dictionary."

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
Ernest Hemingway, in response to the above quote.

"If you are writing an outline, write with short simple sentences that tell clearly what is happening."

A lot of this may be due to the writing style. (…) Apart from mentions of drawing paper screen doors aside, I have NO idea what Mount Fuji, home of mystical fantastical godlike beings, looks like. This is incredibly disappointing, particularly since one of the big draws of the fantasy genre is absorbing yourself in something completely different. This lack of description means I just [watched] generic notions of what houses and stuff looked like, which kind of defeats the object of setting something in a different culture.
— Reviewer Chocolategoddess, describing a flawed example of the trope


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