There is this new feature on Facebook going on for I think about a year now. It’s called On this Day which they feature every day to remind you of what shout outs you previously wrote on your wall. I chanced upon this, a short write-up on writing which I posted four years ago.
Using puff-words (using big words to sound smart) does not always mean you are a good writer. It’s not too uncommon for us to substitute words or phrases that strike us as fancier or smarter for simpler ones. It does not define that you are a good writer that way, what is more important is you get your message across simply and easily, walang palabok, as they say.
It earned a lot of comments from my writer friends who also think that “a good piece of literature is one that uses everyday words in a way that encourages the reader’s mind to clearly envision the idea that the writer is trying to impart, not how much ‘highfalutin’ words the writer knows”.
I was lucky to get hold of a lovely book On Writing by Stephen King which I blogged about here a long time ago. To summarize it, another friend said, just KISS which means “keep it simple sweetheart”. She might have joked about its meaning but I also believe that in all things, simplicity is beauty.