Windowpane Writing

George Orwell Quote

There are many ways to assess the quality of one’s writing. “Good writing” can mean many different things to many different people, but let’s take a look at what the great George Orwell has to say on the matter:

“Good writing is like a windowpane.”

— George Orwell 

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It’s hard to argue that the best writing tends to give the reader a crystal-clear look into a new world. Usually, good writing offers a lens that is not too heavily tinted by the author’s own perceptions or personality. The effective writer stays out of the way and lets events, facts, characters, etc. speak for themselves. Whether it’s a work of fiction or an informative essay, the writer presents her work with clarity and precision, then stands back and allows the reader to see what needs to be seen.

What simile would you use to describe good writing?

There’s much to be said about the craft of writing. That’s why each week on the Abbott Press blog, we’ll take a look at what some of our favorite authors and thinkers have to say about this challenging, fulfilling and sometimes mystifying art. We hope these discussions will help you to further refine your own ideas about writing and to achieve new insights into your own creative process. Browse Weekly Writing Quotes »