Voices of the Great Ones
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“World-class cereal-eating is a dance of fine compromises. The giant heaping bowl of sodden cereal, awash in milk, is the mark of the novice. Ideally one wants the bone-dry cereal nuggets and the cryogenic milk to enter the mouth with minimal contact and for the entire reaction between them to take place in the mouth. The best thing is to work in small increments, putting only a small amount of Cap’n Crunch in your bowl at a time and eating it all up before it becomes a pit of loathsome slime, which, in the case of Cap’n Crunch, takes about thirty seconds… He pours the milk with one hand while jamming the spoon in with the other, not wanting to waste a single moment of the magical, golden time when cold milk and Cap’n Crunch are together but have not yet begun to pollute each other’s essential natures.” – Neal Stephenson, from Cryptonomicon
You’ll not likely find your word-wings until you change what you’re reading. Get the taste of great literature in your mouth and then watch the colors that will flow from your pen. Avoid action books whose appeal is mostly in their pace and plot. Seek those masters who can write about eating a bowl of cereal and make it glow like a Monet at the edge of candlelight.
Roy H. Williams III