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    Quote Originally Posted by Tettsuo View Post
    I can't think of any books where the style of the book was more important than the story. Maybe it's because tend to read genre fiction instead of literary?

    Anyway, when I was in an offline writing group, I noticed that a peculiar trend. The writers tended to favor "fancy" prose, even with the story made little to no sense. So, after they'd lavish the writers with praise, I'd sometimes find myself feeling like an a**hole when I'd address the weak storyline.

    My point, is this something that writers prefer discussing when critiquing a piece? Is the style more important than the story contents? In my head, I see the story as FAR more important that a few ill-placed words.

    Story trumps style, but ideally both.

  2. #52
    Flowery words are like incense. Lovely to smell when not in abundance. But would you willingly shove a lit stick of incense up your nose?

  3. #53
    But would you willingly shove a lit stick of incense up your nose?
    That's the thing. That's where we disagree on this.
    If I was in a certain mood, yes.
    Nail it to the Cross

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matchu View Post
    Thatís a great point about Ď7th gradeí. I canít remember school grades of America, but Iím thinking thatís about nine?
    For the average achieving student in the US, 7th grade would be 12 years of age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indianroads View Post
    Flowery words are like incense. Lovely to smell when not in abundance. But would you willingly shove a lit stick of incense up your nose?
    Would you poke old chewing gum into your eyes?


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    [question not request]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matchu View Post
    Would you poke old chewing gum into your eyes?
    My point of course was, as Hesiod wrote, ‘observe due measure; moderation is best in all things’.

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    Thank you. I was duly on point, referring to 'story' as you were to 'style.' All best

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    (took out a couple of words for ‘style’ - reads a little more curt/tightass)
    Last edited by Matchu; November 27th, 2020 at 11:52 PM.

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