In the January 2016 issue of The Writer, Julianna Baggott talks about the important of images in our writing. When it comes to creating powerful images, she says fiction writers can benefit from reading poetry. “Poetry teaches the power of restraint.”
Poets craft one image and count on it to make an impression in their readers’ minds. The rest of us sometimes keep going, adding multiple images to convey an idea. Those multiple images can detract from each other, weakening our prose instead of strengthening it. I almost never write poetry, but I’m glad to have a poet in my critique group.