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‘The words will be shiny pebbles glinting in the sunlight beneath the water of a fast flowing stream.  James Salter comes to mind. The effect is simple, clear cut and refreshing.  And to learn to do it, unless you are one of those rare ‘naturals,’ takes a lifetime of writing, rewriting, thinking, crossing out and starting again.  But  clarity does not  always mean that the words  have  to be clear straightaway. A first reading of the The Pedersen Kid by William Gass  leaves the reader confused. With a second reading the sense emerges. It is not that those pebbles in the stream are not shiny enough, it is just that Gass has laid them out on his river bed in such an unusual pattern  that it takes  time for the brain to adjust. But finally, when we get the focus, we realise that the words are crystal clear.’


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At the moment my small wooden chalet at Freathy in South East Cornwall is available for rent. Check out the details, photos, at Airbnb or e mail: 


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