That’s it, isn’t it, ‘the authentic sunlight of life’, when writing rings true like a fine china bowl resonating perfectly at the flick-ping of your finger!

‘… always to be more truthful, to write or render a scene or incident with the authentic sunlight of life.’

For other Key Penmanship Indicators see the following inspired by quotations of Molly PeacockHarold Bloom, Anthony Burgess, and Adam Nicolson’s kind reaction to this website.  And similarly, a Key Performance Indicator that could be applied as much to writing as to any other art, a response to Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico.


Source: Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter: His joyful water-life and death in the two rivers, illus. C.F. Tunnicliffe (Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976 (1927)), p. 7

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