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Saturday, June 20, 2009


I'll take a guess that the year was 1972 when my sister, Jane, shared an essay she had just read as part of a High School English class at Chelmsford High. It was by George Orwell. This essay on simplicity was, aptly, short. My eleven year old brain immediately felt a bolt of energy. I remember, to this day, where I was when I read it. I was in my bedroom, sitting at the desk which was tucked into the closet whose door was removed to make way for our "study center" in the room I shared with my twin brother, Paul.

Mr. Orwell's advice made a lot of sense to my visual-thinking brain. I didn't memorize his words or make a pledge to follow his "rules," but it did encourage me and validate my hunch that I was going in the right direction.

Less can be more.

Pictures can do a lot of heavy-lifting.

Words used in just the right measure can help simply get the point across. If you have no point to make, go into the garden and plant Morning Glory. An idea worth sharing may come.

This Orwellian-inspired thinking has traveled with me all my life and has helped my own story-crafting journey.

Simply put: Thanks, Mr. O.

Here's a nice, even simpler (ironically) recap of the essay from George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing


Cécile from Paris said...

less can be more ... you said it. not me. I lost my credit card two weeks ago. No money to spend. Hard to feel the temptations of the consumptio society all round (especially in a fashion dynamic attractive artistic intellectual town such as Paris). But I manage ... ... my secret : I am spending the money of my darling-husband instead ...
The poor one !
No I don't ! :-D
I'm kidding ...

Cécile said...

> consummer society would be better, no ? (no ?)
than consumption society ... it sounds like a disease or an odd church ...

Anonymous said...

Love your work, this Blog and your pursuit to inspire and entertain children. The world needs a lot more of this. Thanks for giving your art and yourself.