“Everyone who writes strives for the same thing. To say it swiftly, clearly, to say the hard thing that way, using few words. Not to gum up the paragraph. To know when to quit when you’ve done. And not to have hangovers of other ideas sifting in unnoticed. Good writing is precisely like good dressing. Bad writing is like a badly dressed woman— improper emphasis, badly chosen colors.
- William Carlos Williams
- Something to Say: William Carlos Williams on Younger Poets
- New Directions, 1985, Page 96