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Monday, May 09, 2005

 

A WRITER'S LAMENTS

Writing strong prose is analagous to taking a sketch and filling it with color, form and depth. It is not so much what you say as what you cause the reader to infer from what you didn't say. If, for instance, you describe life as: " . . . a river that emerges with form, sound and color from an enthusiastic, bubbling mountain stream, flows gently or lugubriously through mapable paths and then ends underground in a cave constructed of one's own experiences," it would have a different meaning to each reader based on his or her own life experiences and locus in one's own life journey.

One particular skill is in how well you choose your similes and metaphors. Poor choices will leave the readers laughing at your funerals and crying at your weddings. Words are the magic few writers can control and most are too lazy to learn how to use to the maximum effect. Writing effective metaphors and similes is walking a fine line becasue a large percentage of possible choices have already been used by others. When a reader recognizes the words as the work of anohter writer or writers, he or she has a tendency to discredit your work so that you are reduced to the role of copycat instead of originator.

My pet writing peeve is: Why the hell do such a plurality of writers begin everything they write with a weather report . . . or worse yet, with a pronoun? When the first sentednce i read says, "It was a dark and stormy night," perhpas I am being an elitist, but I already have assigned two strikes to the work. In like manner, any report of the weather needs to be followed up with a lead into the storyline in which the weather plays an important role. A dark and stormy night is a necessity if it is going to set the stage for a road washout, a pholeline down, a car accident . . . but if what follows it demonstrates that the weather was simply a carpet shaker -- a techniquer used by the writer to get the dust out of his memory banks -- then I will read with less enthusiasm becasue I will feel deceived. I don't mind if I am deceived intentionally as the plot thickens. That is one of the thrills of reading. However, when I am subjected to the writer's lazy mind, the writer has taken a firsat step to becoming an unread work amongst a library that is now almost unmanageable in size and scope.

The fact is, that unless the weather is important to the story, it is best only hinted at as the least important fact you can give a reader at the beginning of a story that is being conducted indoors. And for making "He" or "She" the first word of a story tells the world that the writer cares not a lick for the reader. You know who he or she is and you not only won't share it with the reader, you think the reader cares about your anonymous he or she. Further, there is a hint that the wrter hasn't done his or her homework. The writer may not have thought enoughb about he or she to even have given them a name, let alone a backstory.

All stories must have a purpose beyond the ego of a writer who thinks you will want to read anything he says. I have seen some truly good writing from newer writers but few who are willing to risk sharing it. One of the reasons for the fear is that many who are poseurs in the writing world love to criticize others when they haven't yet produced anything of merit themselves. They teach before they learn. At the same time, without a group giving feedback, it is impossible to learn to write becasue it is the reader for whom we are writing. If we write to please only ourself, we might as well think instead of write and save all the wasted paper or gigabytes.

Writing is silent sound. We need to develop the technique of hearing the words that are on a screen or on a piece of paper. Without the sound and the rhythm, the yin and the yang, we have a sketch, not a painting. I end where I began which is just another technique that can make writing either grand or petty -- based on how you pulled it off.

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