In my opinion, every novelist could benefit from a dip of their pen into journalism.
A journalist doesn’t have the pleasure of leaning on a thesaurus to tell a riveting story. The success of the piece rests on structure and brevity, not canoodling with a dictionary.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a good canoodle.
But sometimes a story or a thought calls for a more direct approach.
Journalism preaches that directness.
A novelist would do good to listen.