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Write Like a Fifth Grader

It can be harder to write a short story than a long one, and it can be much harder to write with simple words than with complicated ones. Most every good writer knows words that soar on silver wings. But sometimes those words fly off into the clouds and the reader loses track of the story. I like words that work for a living.

Writerly wisdom from one of the best newspaper writers in the country: Tommy Tomlinson of The Charlotte Observer.
He shares his thoughts on using simple words in this post here., part of this newly-discovered Nieman Storyboard website.