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Saturday, July 29, 2006

comments on Candle Night

my comments on Short Story: Candlelit Night - Kishore


hey i don't know much but would like to share a little:)

brevity is not only the soul of wit but also of the dickensian era the writer used to get paid by the words!

that era is past

* read
* read more
* write once
* rewrite aplenty
* cut
* cut more (till any further deletion would alter the core message)
* re-read (spellcheck, obvious typos)

and do not, repeat do not take this as a gospel...i know nothing about novel or technical writing

and a post script:

Addressing both readers and aspiring writers, Prose gives example after example of literary masterpieces and offers techniques for reading more attentively, for noticing and thrilling in the language on the page. Reading for her is "something like the way you experience a master painting, a Rembrandt or a Velasquez, by viewing it from not only far away but also up close in order to see the brush strokes." Prose delights in Katherine Mansfield's inspired word choice, the rhythm of Virginia Woolf's sentences, and Chekhov's telling details and the objective treatment of his characters. She also cites specific instances, like Marquez's experience with Metamorphosis, where reading has helped deepen her understanding of her own craft. (Once, when she was having a hard time finishing a story's particularly violent ending, she turned to Isaac Babel and learned from his use of lyricism as a precursor to violence.)

excerpt from Reading and Writing

Novelist and critic Francine Prose talks about creativity, literary craftsmanship, and her new book, Reading Like a Writer.


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