“Killing Floor” by Lee Child is my first book by this author. I wanted to read this book to understand Jack Reacher. Half way through the book, I realized that the book was an education. It made me ask a very important question and discover its rather delightful answer.
The question was:
Why Killing Floor remains such a readable book despite breaking two basic rules of good writing?
- The sentences are clipped incredibly short. So short, that sometimes they are just about two or three words long. They dwindle into phrases, snatched and thrown at the reader – like the writer is in a tearing hurry to tell his story and begone.
Here’s a sample page:
2. Most of the times, the writer doesn’t bother himself with finding the right verb to convey the feeling or the emotion. He just uses whatever he can find – mostly, “said,” and “ask.” Continue reading “Telling a Story vs. Writing a Story – The Killing Floor”