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Best Thing About Writing…


…is definitely the rewrite.

There’s not a whole lot of fun involved in fighting and cajoling your characters into behaving write I mean ‘right’ on page. Sometimes they barely want to speak or do things according to your rules/philosphy/hopes/whatever…. in other words, it can be tough getting them to do what you – get this – thought you wanted them to do. As my fellow writers out here know, writing is sort of like driving a car with little-to-no power steering; it will make a new path all on it’s own if you don’t force your will.

But, hooray! The rewrite straightens out that horribly obstinate, meddlesome cast member and the boring, nondescript imagery. It’ll make that conversation far more intriguing than anything you’ve ever observed in your entire life! And suspense is not really suspense until your palms are sweaty and your heart is thumping wildly. The draft may get the gist of it, but the rewrite  perfectly captures it and delivers scenes that convinces your reader to the hilt.

So, as I wind up my novel, Quiet, I salivate over the promise of meeting it again down the road, from a fresh and objective point of view. This time I’ll be holding my finger near the delete button and armed with more choice ways of showing, speaking, and revealing it’s imaginary world.

In the world of writing, for many, the rewrite is where the real fun begins.

A musing from the…

Voice Of A Writer

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Strange World of Literary Characters


Oh, how they evolve and take on a life of their own; becoming more – and less, for that matter.  Literary characters are a lot like real flesh and blood counterparts — never know what to anticipate.

How I thank God for giving me an idea, a keyboard and the desire to write!

Happy Writing from the…

Voice Of A Writer.

Writer v. Character


The novel I am currently working on is entitled Quiet.  My main character, Quincy Avalee has decided to no longer utter a single word. In fact she will not speak until twenty years later.

Her vow started in response to an aunt’s indiscretion but has grown into much, much more.  It is her mantra, her means of connecting with the larger things of life and disconnecting with the small.

Quincy has stopped speaking to me as well.  She is a very complex character and getting her story out, onto the page lately, has been a heart wrenching struggle, much like pulling teeth.

But as stubborn and strong willed as Quincy has proven to be, she has met her match.  I will not give in and allow her story to go untold nor unexplored, it’s way too enriching.  I shall continue to dig into the recesses of this imaginary person’s mind and get her truth out.  It is incredible to me that even I, her very own creator, would have to endure the quietness of her tongue.

Ishmael Reed said ‘writin’ is fightin’.   I must admit, there’s a rumble going on at my keyboard! And when it’s over, I’ll have my novel and Quincy will have a very special gift from yours truly – her very own story.

Hard fought words from the…

Voice Of A Writer

IT MATTERS


What:

  • You think
  • You say
  • You advocate
  • You believe
  • You hear
  • You consume
  • You imagine
  • You _____________ (fill in the blank)

It is undeniable that our lives here are purposeful, each and everyone of us.  Why?  Because we do not live in a vacuum.  We matter, some way, somehow, to someone and somebodies.  We matter.  The thought that nothing escapes being important, not even the “innocent” or the “trivial” matter-of-fact details in our lives, the concept that nothing or no one goes unused, is literally amazing.

The pats on the backs, the kisses, the mistakes, the regrets–it all adds up in momentous results in our individual and collective lives.

Isn’t life good?  It’s not just taking up space and time — it matters.

May what matters to you matter to others!

Thoughts from the…

Voice Of A Writer.

Coming From Behind


I’m a sucker for those kinds of movies that highlight the underdog.

It doesn’t even matter if he/she goes down in oblivion and never ends up as the top dog; of course that would be great but really, that’s anciliary. Just the fact that the one lost in the shuffle, invisible to the masses and having the greatest obstacles to overcome is being chronicled is what I find most enriching.

Let the truth be told: in some way or another, most of us probably fall into that category; if not now — in the past, and if not in the past, perhaps, somewhere in our future. Why? Because, that’s life and ultimately we really do not have control over the final outcomes. We are all subject to the unexpected, and can easily find ourselves miles away from the finish line.

But thank goodness for many uplifting things in this world and… beyond — including my personal partiality to stories that put a voice or face to these types of individuals.

Those stories are hope factories and give a “newbie” to a particular struggle a glimpse of the fighting process — illustrating what it takes to fight a good fight and to come from behind and finish the race. Now, that’s exactly what I like!

It is impossible to overdose on hope no matter where it comes from: movie, book, song, friend, ecetera.

A thought from the…

Voice Of A Writer.

Got Substance?


If you’re busy keeping with Lindsey Lohan’s mess and less with the state of the world as a whole your substance is probably more fluff.

We’ve all been there at one point or another. I know I have.

But, time is moving and as the world changes, fluff is clearly just that — fluff.

Live a little and find out what you’re made of by doing/reading/exploring something different. Something that will enhance your stay on this planet.

You won’t regret it.

Just a few words from the….

Voice Of A Writer.

Got Passion?


Hey you! Yes. YOU.

The one over there walking around this planet, complaining, sulking and nagging everyone in your inner circle? Not you? Okay, perhaps the person next to you, tap him/her will you?

One of a myriad of reasons you behave this way is because well, you simply lack…..

PASSION! 

A little spark...

Go ahead — find something that interests you.

Nurse it, slow and steady, over time…

                                                    You’ve got yourself a PASSION!!!

From the…

Voice of A Writer.

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