Flowery Writing – is it Dead?


Has it ever occurred to you, that as we lean more and more towards ‘simple and sweet’, we are losing a once much loved writing style?

Yes, flowery writing is dead.

Or rather, it’s dying…

Time-honoured classics, the likes of which famed authors such as Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte have penned, will soon be remembered no more.

How can they be when consumers and writers alike are taking the easy route?

People are striving both to read and write easily consumable media, as opposed to brewing up heavy literature and weighty poems

This, for the most part, is due to laziness.

Readers are strapped for time and can’t be bothered to switch on their brain – especially after laborious work.

As for writers?

Well, we need to pay the bills don’t we?

If the market calls for easy-to-read material, surely we must step in and provide!

It’s not as if we can go against the crowd, and unleash a whole lotta’ complex sentences and profound paragraphs on lazy readers, now is it?

Or, can we…?

I say yes – we certainly can!

Think about it. It’s highly beneficial for us writers, if we write harder to read material – both on the web and everywhere else.

I know, I sound like an idiot right now. However, in the long run it’s what’s going to save the craft because, let’s be honest, in a few years we won’t even be able to call writing a ‘craft’.

How can we dare, especially when writing will be so ‘dumbed down’ that even a fledgling three-year-old would be able to read it!

Let’s face it, we’re heading nowhere good.

We’re heading towards a world littered with tight sentences and monotone voices, yet bereft of superb writing and dazzling prose

With all the copy-writing and blogging courses prodding us towards an overly simplified way of writing – how are we not going to end up there?

Before I go on…

It’s worth mentioning that money is the primary reason why it’s such an extreme trend these days to cut words willy-nilly and keep language simple.

If a blog post, advertisement, or article can reach all colours of the rainbow in terms of reading proficiency, their prospects of snagging more clients increases drastically.

However, this isn’t necessarily as profitable as it seems. Especially for fiction writers, and readers.

Over time, this trend founded on money-making, will lead to lower literacy skills and sub par education across the world.

After all, who needs to read those ‘big fancy words’ when no one uses them?

And let’s not forget… It will also sucker-punch the fiction industry, due to people veering away from reading text in bulk.

This simple fact my fellow writers, is the reason why most contemporary novels reject flowery language (as us writers would say) and embrace the concept of minimal wordage.

Sure it’s great for sales, truly it is! But it’s terrible for the development of society and the advancement of global literacy levels. And I hate to say it, but it’s already causing trouble for people.

Seriously… Fifty Shades of Grey??

This is why it’s best to push readers. Stretch them to their limits! Don’t cut sentences and follow the current theme of simplification rocking this world.

Fight what’s happening!

As writers, we are supposedly craftsmen and craftswomen of all things literary. Let us live up to those titles!

Let us also not stoop and lay our heads down to the strategies of corporate clones and advertisers.

Let us, in all earnestness and conviction, hone our craft and create beautiful art.

Remember; art is deep, meaningful, and it moves the soul – it is not simple and watered down.

Sure, I know my advice is a tad controversial and I might ruffle some feathers. Especially since Hemingway was the master of simplifying his writing – but, what he did was different!

He made it an art-form.

He made sure that every word was perfect and that it formed something that spoke to the heart.

What’s happening to writing now, in this day and age?

That’s nothing like Hemingway.

Nothing at all.

If you want to make simple language beautiful, make Hemingway your master. But, do not rip your writing of its form and its meaning!

Do not cut long words and squash your vocabulary. 

Please, I beg you… Writer to writer… do not continue this trend of blank dumbed-down hogwash, that ultimately, is going to send us back into the caveman era.

Let’s write like adults, for adults – not like children, for children.

This way?

We can save the world from what seems to be, well, to be blunt, an impending boom in illiteracy.


If You’re in Australia, Here’s an Insightful Article You Might Want to Read – http://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/explainer/hidden-costs-low-literacy-australia