The Golden Book Of Writing – By David Lambuth – 1923 Writing Advice

Euphony and Rhythm

Avoid combinations of words which, because of clashing consonants, are difficult to pronounce. Even though the reader does not read aloud, such harshness makes the words difficult to follow and thus breaks the movement of thought.

The ugly cacophony of harsh and sibilant syllables,

is a sufficient illustration.

If you find reading your work aloud is difficult, you may be quite sure your reader will find them  unpleasant to read even to himself.

Every mechanical flaw in the writing lessens the ease with which the reader follows the ideas expressed, and to just that degree lessens the effectiveness of writing.

David Lambuth


” The pork chop fell on the kitchen floor as she picked up her gun and released the trigger, dinner was over.”

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