Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Literary Minimalists

minimalist in homesMinimalist home design shown on the left gives us a visual of  Minimalism.

“In literature, it is characterized by an economy with words and a focus on surface description. Minimalist writers eschew adverbs and prefer allowing context to dictate meaning. Readers are expected to take an active role in the creation of a story, to “choose sides” based on oblique hints and innuendo, rather than reacting to directions from the writer.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimalism

James M. Cain and Jim Thompson in the 1940’s era wrote minimalist crime fiction. At times other well-known writers used the brief style: Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, Tobias Wolf, Cormac McCarthy, and Amy Hempel to name a few.

Some poets who have written in a minimalist style are: Stephen Crane, Ezra Pound, Robert Creeley, Robert Grenier, Aram Saroyan, and more.

Bob Newhart said, “I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.”

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” Nathan W. Morris

“Prose is architecture and the Baroque age is over.” Ernest Hemingway.

Do you prefer minimalism?


  1. ladywinfred says:

    I LOVE minimalism. Thanks for the reminder of why I love it.

  2. I once expressed my feeling through the spoken word, now I write them.

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