Why Didn’t I Think of That?


Helen Sword, ready to test writing

E.B. White appears skeptical

I had a post a while back about this test of how well one writes, and I ran a few authors through it to see how they measured up.  But I never thought of running old E.B. White, of Elements of Style fame, though the test.  The results are about what you’d expect.  So the question becomes, was E.B. White a bad writer (hard to believe if you’ve read Charlotte’s Web), did he suffer from a case of “Do as I say, not as I do”, or has Dr. Sword (not a super villain, so matter what you may think) do a poor job of quantifying the rules that define good writing?

~ by smwilliams on December 4, 2012.