Because I’m the kind of person who’ll pick up a book and, half-way through the first page, suddenly find another book in my hand — I can’t commit! (My therapists know all too well.) These words from Francine Prose offer me guidance:
With so much reading ahead of you, the temptation might be to speed up. But in fact it’s essential to slow down and read every word … All the elements of good writing depend on the writer’s skill in choosing one word instead of another.