it’s all in the delivery

Oscar Wilde said, ““Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.”

Can we apply this axiom to writing fiction? If we made it a question of style vs. substance, “style” would be the quality of the writing, and “substance” would be–what? Theme? Plot? “Meaningful life lesson”?

Clearly, looking good and dressing well makes a difference (a snooty accent helps, too).

Something to remember, then, no matter what we’re writing: even when our characters are exchanging dreadful drivel, we will fascinate our readers if we frame our dialogue well.

Here’s more Jersey Shore, Wilde-style.  And more.  And more.

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