"I tell my students that when you write, you should pretend you’re writing the best letter you ever wrote to the smartest friend you have. That way, you’ll never dumb things down. You won’t have to explain things that don’t need explaining. You’ll assume an intimacy and a natural shorthand, which is good because readers are smart and don’t wish to be condescended to."

- Jeffrey Eugenides, The Art of Fiction 215 (via bostonpoetryslam)
Source: bostonpoetryslam
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