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Dr. Seuss’ books teach so much about writing for adults

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” From “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.

I came across that quote earlier this month. It was in an article on personal finance. That particular quote related to personal initiative.

A “Dr. Seuss” Google search uncovered a website listing quotes from his various books. There were so many great messages.

I  enjoy Dr. Seuss books. Until earlier this month, though, I never considered what qualities make those books so appealing to me as an adult.

Dr. Seuss books are filled with short words and short sentences. There is fun, humor. There are clear points. Above all, the books are simple without being simplistic.

As adults, we confront so many ambiguities, contradictions, nuances, subtleties. Amidst all of that, it helps to remember that the clarity and conciseness that characterize great children’s books also characterize effective writing for adult audiences.

Rich Buse is an independent writer and Wisconsin native. He currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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