Even on a normal day, The Elegant Variation is one of the best literary blogs around. But yesterday was particularly interesting because Joshua Henkin was guest-blogging while Mark was away from his usual TEV desk.
Henkin, author of the well-received Matrimony: A Novel, covered a tremendous amount of ground in a single day of blogging. I particularly like this brief post about John Cheever and cliches. It seems simple enough to strive to avoid cliches, but we all fail in that regard some time or another. So I love this simple piece of advice to never use three words in a row that you’ve seen before. Brillantly simple.
Be sure to check out Henkin’s other posts on TEV for more gems of writing advice.