Quote it! Logan Pearsall Smith

“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”

Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931

As a writer, I find it much harder to whisper and be understood than to shout. Shouting is easy. The problem with shouting is it makes listeners–and readers–cringe. And it automatically raises one’s defenses.

Think about a whisper. To hear it and take in the meaning, you have to be close to the one whispering–almost intimate. And what you hear in a whisper is embraced, taken in, pondered.

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Michael Ehret, for Writing on the Fine Line


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