Flowery Writing – is it Dead?

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Has it ever occurred to you, that as we lean more and more towards ‘simple and sweet’, we are losing a once much loved writing style?

Yes, flowery writing is dead.

Or rather, it’s dying…

Time-honoured classics, the likes of which famed authors such as Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte have penned, will soon be remembered no more.

How can they be when consumers and writers alike are taking the easy route?

People are striving both to read and write easily consumable media, as opposed to brewing up heavy literature and weighty poems

This, for the most part, is due to laziness.

Readers are strapped for time and can’t be bothered to switch on their brain – especially after laborious work.

As for writers?

Well, we need to pay the bills don’t we?

If the market calls for easy-to-read material, surely we must step in and provide!

It’s not as…

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5 thoughts on “Flowery Writing – is it Dead?

  1. Miranda of Violet's Veg*n e-Comics April 19, 2017 / 3:05 am

    It really depends why you write, doesn’t it? I recently listened to an interview where Joseph Suglia was talking about his writing, and he has a real confidence and strength in his style, and a complete disregard for the audience opinion. In other words, he has complete respect for the author’s total right to control, in every aspect in every way. The author is always right, because they are the creator, the writer, the decision maker, and so anyone else’s opinions (about what might be “wrong” with a book) are personal to them, and irrelevant. It was a really interesting interview, and I really liked his perspective about writing. He talked about writing as art, as something which cannot be wrong.

    So if people still want to write flowery writing, that’s good for them 🙂


    • Susanne Leist April 19, 2017 / 3:17 am

      I had written my book with flowery words, adverbs, adjectives, and all the new no no’s of writing. After receiving reviews from fellow authors in Goodreads and Facebook groups, I removed most of these words. Along the way, my book lost its unique voice. I’ve learned to adapt to the use of fewer words. I have to pick and choose words carefully. I’m still not comfortable with the new rules for writing. I wonder what Jane Austen would have thought about this.

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      • Miranda of Violet's Veg*n e-Comics April 19, 2017 / 3:19 am

        It’s such a shame you had to change your work! That’s a really interesting question – what would Jane Austen think of all this? 🙂


      • Susanne Leist April 19, 2017 / 3:30 am

        I’m writing my second book. I’m finding a balance between description and what authors call telling instead of showing. At times, readers need to told. They need to be led through the story instead of stumbling along by piecing together dialogue and action scenes.

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      • Miranda of Violet's Veg*n e-Comics April 20, 2017 / 3:52 am

        Definitely! I love being told 🙂 It all sounds like a tricky business – I don’t know how you manage it with all those words, that’s why I like drawing comics, because the pictures tell a lot of the story for me 🙂 I look forward to your new book! Excellent!


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