Word A Day: Allusive

Well, I’ve already missed a couple days. I’m determined not to go back to my old ways of only posting a couple times a month though!

  1. (of a remark or reference) working by suggestion rather than explicit mention.

I like to be allusive in my writing. I also like reading allusive things. Directness and clarity are great too, but when you figure out something for yourself by picking up on subtle suggestions, it can be very satisfying. Or even if you don’t pick up on it, but once it is made clear you can realize all the places it was alluded to.

I think Gene Wolfe is especially good doing such things in his writing, and it is something he has inspired me to get better at.

Everyone on Earth, as well as all their pets, should read the Book of the New Sun series by Gene Wolfe.

I’m not alluding to anything here, just do it.


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