Why simple words are the best?
Everyday stories should be written in the simple everyday language that we all use. As Phillip Berry Osborne puts it:
“Among most writers, there’s a natural tendency to get too exquisite and ornamental in their prose.
Such writers spend all their time trying to pound the pig iron of language into the bright toys and gleaming blades of literature.
They ignore the fact that the best stories deal with the small corners and verities of life – and you don’t need fancy words for that.
So think more in terms of creating a small, delicate water colour, rather than a giant oil painting.
You want sentiments that stop short of sentimentality – simple words and simple construction for what should basically be a simple theme.
You want the reader to taste, touch, smell and feel the very experience you’re sharing.”
Ernest Hemingway once replying to criticism by William Faulkner that his word choice was limited wrote, “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.”