Wanna Write? “Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here!”

Aspiring authors are sometimes counseled to write so clearly that it’s impossible to be misunderstood.

Alas, though, I don’t think such a goal can ever be realized.

No writer is so good, so perfect, so entirely and transparently capable of always conveying every nuance of what he or she is thinking and feeling.

Moreover, unfortunately, based upon my own experience with a few readers, I have to agree with this sad but wise principle:  It’s impossible to make anything foolproof, because fools are so ingenious.

And some of them may well be hostile.  In such cases, all too often, they don’t even want to understand.

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