I’m not sure I entirely agree with this – do we not as writers have a duty to think about how we want the reader to engage with the book, how we want them to feel? Because if so, is it not down to us to make sure that we use the words that will make them have that response? Would Connolly think that that was selling out?
It’s a good reminder however, to think of the story first and the way that it needs to be told rather than be caught up in our egos, hoping that our readers will be impressed by our literary tricks.
What do you think?