Language: respect and musicality

You have to have a respect for the language and an understanding of its musicality and its structures, its rhythms … because it’s not just about calling a table a table, you know. Just describing the entrails of an animal as plush and red—well, plush is a good word. It’s kind of a beautiful image on the one hand, but it’s hopefully an image that’s successful. It’s not just visually accurate, but it’s something that will stir the reader, make them feel slightly squeamish.

Sarah Hall, Author

Source: “Diverse List of Future British Novelists in Latest ‘Granta’” by NPR Staff

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