When your writing really makes a big splash

Here’s a bit of evocative writing for you, from a recent article I was reading:

“At a candidate forum in Flint, where the water is still not drinkable according to many residents, El-Sayed seemed to make a big splash.”

Describing a candidate’s success in Flint as “a big splash” is an evocative form of writing that adds a wry, comical twist. Personally I can’t get enough of this sort of thing, but a writer does have to be careful because not everyone loves puns and plays on words. Take it too far and you risk groans and eye-rolls, and to more serious minds your writing might sound cheesy and contrived.

If I have to err, though, I prefer to err on the side of evocation and humor. Writing drained of evocation and humor is generally only suited for academic papers and training manuals. In short, I’d rather my writing make a splash than to cause hardly a ripple.

P.S. Abdul El-Sayed is a fascinating progressive candidate worth following. He’s a Muslim running for governor in the swing state of Michigan.

Source: ‘The new Obama’: will Abdul El-Sayed be America’s first Muslim governor? | US news | The Guardian

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

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