Pesky commas, Da Vinci’s pockets and more
Do you revise? Do you get something down once then go over it again? And again and again? And again?
No, scratch that last “And again?” It’s too much.
No, it’s good. It adds emphasis. It demonstrates emotional commitment on the part of the author.
I know musicians revise their compositions and painters revise their paintings. There’s a story that Da Vinci carried the Mona Lisa with him where ever he went and took it out from time to time to change something.
I can’t imagine him carrying around his painting supplies and, in the middle of a papal audience, adding an eyelash here or removing a birthmark there.
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A Gift to Writers Throughout Their Careers
Janet Burroway’s Writing Fiction
has been on my bookshelf for (estimating) 20+ years. I picked up a used copy back when I made my first pass at fiction writing not realizing I’d plucked a diamond from a trash pile. My writing coach, Rich Marcello
, suggested I give it a read.
The title sounded familiar when Rich suggested it. I’d added the book to my collection and hadn’t touched it since I put it on my shelf. This is one of those “When the student is ready, the teacher will be there” things. I wouldn’t have appreciated Writing Fiction 20+ years ago. Rich suggested Writing Fiction about a year ago and I’ve just completed my first read.
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Walter Mosley’s “This Year You Write Your Novel” is an excellent read for authors at any stage in their career
I picked up This Year You Write Your Novel because I was reading Mosley’s The Man in My Basement
and Devil in a Blue Dress
and wanted to understand Mosley’s choices in the book. There were some authorial moves I understood, some completely threw me.
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(picking up from where I left off in Writers’ Groups – Introduction…)
My core reason for all the socializing that’s part of any writers’ group is to learn, improve, increase.
Learning, improving and increasing comes from critiquing others’ work and having my own work critiqued, and critiquing is a learned skill (my opinion, that).
Critiques are not Reviews
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Pesky characters, always makin’ a ruckus…
Interesting experience a few weeks back. I got into a serious argument with some characters in The Augmented Man. The argument was so serious that all writing stopped. Not only writing on The Augmented Man, also work on Ritchie and Phyl, Gable Smiled and a host of others.
Fantasy characters threatened to strike in support of their literary fiction brothers and sisters. Characters still in development refused to cross picket lines in support of their already written brethren and sistren.
There was talk of locking up my keyboard until things got resolved.
But if you lock up the keyboard we’ll never reach an agreement, I explained.
Phyl said, “You have two paragraphs, Mister. Get writing.”
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