This post has some interesting analysis of the reading levels of some famous texts. The analysis is useful, but what I find fascinating is the author’s reaction to it.
Most of us are familiar with the idea that a skilled person makes the task look easy. A properly trained plumber does the job in the time a DIYer would be working out which spanner to use. A professional sports player can control where the ball goes nearly every time.
So why are we surprised when we find that good writers make their work easier to read? They have something to say, and they say it elegantly, so you can’t see the amount of work involved in it.
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