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There are people who believe in an absolutely transparent prose; with every respect for clarity of expression, I don't.
John M. Ford
Cliches and adjectives permeated my prose.
I really - I don't take my work that seriously, and I think that's what keeps me loose. If I try to write, if I catch myself trying to write, I'll fall right on my face. I'll see it. If I see in the prose that I'm - 'Boy, look at me writing,' I rewrite it. I rewrite it because I don't, because I think it's distracting.
I fantasised about F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' - I loved it, and then I read everything J. D. Salinger had to offer. Then I was turned on to Kerouac, and his spontaneous prose, his stream of consciousness way of writing. I admired him so much, and I romanticised so much about the '40s and '50s.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
Eloquence is the poetry of prose.
William C. Bryant
So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.
I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.
I started out as a writer. Poetry and prose and also kind of satirical David Sedaris-esque stuff.
I've always liked police-blotter kind of writing, or the writing of a policeman, right to the point and hardboiled. That's how I see at least the prose elements of scriptwriting.
From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose.
It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
I want my prose to be as clear as a pane of glass.
A prose writer never sees a reader walk out of a book; for a playwright, it's another matter. An audience is an invaluable education. In my experience, theatre artists don't know what they've made until they've made it.
Prose is like this big block - you write big paragraphs. I feel that when I'm reading and writing, that a prose book is kind of monolithic. But a song is more like a feather or something.
I'm a failed poet. Reading poetry helps me to see the world differently, and I try to infuse my prose with figurative language, which goes against the trend in fiction.
I love a big, character-rich story with a dark heart, with a compelling mystery or some kind of ticking clock at its center. I want to be lured in by prose, captured by character, and bound by stellar plotting to keep turning the pages.
A probing analysis of the problems of evolution forms the basis of my prose.
Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said.
The first two books that I did by myself were long stories in verse. I knew I could do that because I'd written a lot in verse. But, verse stories are hard to sell, so my editor encouraged me to try writing in prose.
However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it.
The human brain can soften as a result of incessant listening to music with an intent to commit prose.
Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm of English prose seem to me matters where both writers and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears.
F. L. Lucas
The Italian prose tale had begun to exercise that influence as early as Chaucer's time: but circumstances and atmosphere were as yet unfavourable for its growth.
Passage of time can be mind-numbing to figure out in a screenplay. It's the easiest thing to do in prose, not just by writing 'four years later', but you can shift time in a sentence or two.
John F. Kennedy
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