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March 2017



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writing gorey vast reluctance

the morning light is hell at the camelot motel

Well, I've started working through Ink & Steel, and expect to do that until it's time to go to archery. Then I'll come home and do the rest of my VP reading.

This is the hardest and most invisible kind of editorial work, tightening each line of prose and each paragraph until it squeaks. And when I'm done, chances are almost nobody will be able to tell at a glance what I've done, or how I've done it. But the book will be tighter and leaner and read better.

Meanwhile, I am having tons of fun zorching prepositional phrases, unnecessary stage directions, and instances of the word "said." It's nice to know I'm a better prose stylist than I was four years ago.

Also, it's important to remember that this is fun, that my work is play, and that if it isn't, I run the risk of becoming the kind of dire hack who churns out unaffecting fiction by the bucketload.

Actually, some of the secrit projekt side work--which more or less amounts to role-playing, and I'm sure some of you will find it eventually--is reminding me of that. Because it's fun getting to know a character from the inside, talk with their voice and wave their hands around.


Le sigh...

You had me at Plastique Bertrand.

Have you too been scouring iTunes for 80's favorites?
I have no idea where I came by that, actually. *g*
zorching ... instances of the word "said."

As in replacing them with 'more vivid' words, or as in eliminating dialog tags altogether? I'm a fan of the second, but to me the first starts to sound like a game of "hunt the wily thesaurus" after awhile.

Trust me.

I'm a professional.
I still remember when I was a new writer and discovered the joy of cutting out unneeded words.