SmellOfGoodProse

The other day I started to read a movie review on a web page, and before I had gotten three sentences into it I just knew that it was well-written. What are the characteristics of "good prose"? Nothing that can be put into a bottle and sold. But four (somewhat?) measurable features that contribute:

What else is necessary? Preferable? Can writing be top-notch when one of the above is absent? Two, or more? How about the ineffable element of "style", the author's "voice"?

(cf. DreamSongs (12 Feb 2004), ...)


TopicLiterature - TopicLanguage - TopicWriting - TopicPoetry - Datetag20060703



(correlates: TheChronoliths, PiratesVersusNinjas, SiMonumentumRequiris, ...)