Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Listen, See

Charles and Heff -- thanks for the laughs today! Yes, I am incorporating horror elements into the novel and God knows, there was nothing scarier than those MC Hammer pants. I don't know why those became popular -- nothing worse, nothing worse!

I think the worst advice I ever got about writing was that you can spend too much time and "ruin" it. You can take bad advice, certainly, you can lose interest and lose heart, but no one should fear going deeper into the work. I think most of my writing life I suffered from advice that was too vague for me -- things like, Plot is desire. Really? I desire a Dr. Pepper. This is not a plot. Or it could be, but I need more exact advice. And I'm working on it. My plot, like Snoopy's, is thickening. Tomorrow, I'm going to list some books to help people who are struggling like me with the whole "telling a structured story" thing.

The best thing I do when I write is actually see. I get away from the deadening mundane horror of the every day, the ways in which I go through one rote task to another. It requires two things that we sometimes forget to do: listening and seeing. Oh we listen if listening means waiting for our turn to speak. We seldom see what we don't already know. But alas, the world, lustrous and new, awaits our attention.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach." Winston Churchill

Cocktail Hour
Looking forward to the new Woody Allen -- You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Wednesday!


Lana Gramlich said...

Cool quote from Churchill...

Charles Gramlich said...

Glad to be of some small service. I like what you say about listening and seeing. True.

Whitenoise said...

stumbled upon an interesting (to me, anyway) story about a would-be Motown competitor called Fortune Records and thought about your love of Detroit...

Anonymous said...

Thank the good lord for poetic verse. One can dash it down, edit it 5 times and move on. More often than not, it is better for having less time belaboring it. Better to just re-write in some future form (as you know), rather than hammer the beast to death and beyond.

Writing a novel? Now that's your area. Spend all the time you like, I wish you luck. Honestly.