Good Writing Is Like A Diamond

A few months ago, after my friends at awarded me their Diamond Expert Author status, I just naturally took a much greater interest in diamonds. By doing some diamond research I was able to learn many interesting facts about them and how their facets can be compared to what we considered to be top quality writing.

For example:

Gemstones commonly have facets cut into them in order to improve their appearance by allowing them to reflect more light.

Those facets are the flat geometrically shaped surfaces you see on every diamond. Historically, the organization of naturally occurring facets was key to early developments in crystallography, since those facets reflect the underlying symmetry of the crystal structure.

As you know, much of the beauty of a diamond lies in the way those many, many carefully prepared facets reflect and enhance light. In the same way, a skillful author can add fact after fact in his article to help his readers see clearly how those facts can give them the knowledge they need to understand completely the point of view of the author.

For our purpose here, perhaps we can re-write that definition of diamonds in a new way and relate it to what we consider good writing:

Facts, in a piece of writing, are much like the facets of a diamond gemstone because they reflect the crystal clear thinking of the author. A good writer knows that facts are the keys to clear writing that can produce an underlying symmetry of understanding in the minds of his readers. Therefore, the more facts, the better the writing.