Here are 5 reasons to make your writing incomprehensible—
- impenetrable words allow the reader to focus on the prosody
- mystification creates enigmas, unresolved mystery
- if the meaning is obscured the reader can invent their own
- writing that doesn’t make sense is more likely to be original, less likely to feel familiar
- life makes very little sense—to me at least—so why should writing?
I confess that my writing advice is pretty much self-serving because I enjoy reading stuff I don’t understand. Admittedly I would have preferred not to have been baffled by the instructions that came with my atomic vegetable processor, even though the blast radius was quite small.
But in fiction, as opposed to non-fiction, you do have a choice—
Were vagueness enough and the sweet lies plenty,
The hollow words could bear all suffering
And cure me of ills.
—Dylan Thomas, Out of the Sighs.
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
—Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky.
your guess is as good as mine