Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Kill the darlings...

Faulkner said it. KILL THE DARLINGS... We writers know it: the creed. How does it go? Write what you know? Write honestly. Don't use pretty words for the sake of being pretty. Kill the darlings, the phrases and quips you adore because you think you're so genius (flawed from the start...) All the best writers have said these things. The biggest being: SHOW DON'T TELL, which for me is one of those rules I sometimes take exception to. I argue, "But I want to tell!" and "I want to draw attention to my narrative self." After all, rules are meant to be broken. But I'll tell you: something I am learning the hard way: I better have a damn good reason to break any of these rules. No ridiculous "because I want to."

I am proud to say that I'm up to chapter five "This Charming Man" in my latest revision of ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL. A chapter a day... and in twenty-two days, I'll be finished with this latest revision. A girl can dream, can't she?

Any thoughts from you guys on the writer's creed? On revision? On Halloween? On All Saint's Day?

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