Karl Ove Knausgård on writing


While flying back from New York City I finished reading the first part of Knausgård's remarkable six-volume autobiography. I was struck by the simplicity, directness and authenticity of the writing and I realized that it's these same traits that characterize influential writing in business.

To get there, we have to strip away the traditional forms and the unnecessary embellishments and formality that we've been taught to add to our writing.

In Knausgård's words: 

Writing is more about destroying than creating.
— Karl Ove Knausgård - "My Struggle" - Book 1