Writerly Goals


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Watch out, indeed. Go, girl!

Watch out, indeed. Go, girl!

Posted by coyote (not verified) on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 10:39
Good on ya! May I suggest a

Good on ya!

May I suggest a book? Oddly enough, it's about reading, specifically, how to improve your writing by reading. But if you haven't read it, "Reading like a writer" by Francine Prose is very good.

The wikipedia link below breaks down the chapters very well (which are titled, words, sentence, paragraph etc) She goes through various writers and uses real examples. It doesn't mention that the first paragraph is her rant against the schools of literary criticism that have emerged in recent years, but that's her prerogative as it is her book.


In an indirect manner, she addresses the issue of writers block with the quote below. We chatted a bit about this before, but I think one aspect of block might be fear that I (speaking personally) will not do a good job, right from the first draft. Forgetting of course that the first draft is usually shit, and has a lot more in common with preliminary sketches that artists make for a painting. You know, in the first draft I block out the scene, develop a theme, introduce caricatures of what will become characters and so on.

The quote is:

"...the writer may fear creating "weeds" instead of "roses." Reading is a way for the writer to see how other gardeners grow their roses."



Posted by Brendan McNally (not verified) on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 11:28
Nice! I just requested it

Nice! I just requested it from the library. I'm also trying to read author's whose books I love, or essays that explore themes that catch me.

thanks b!

Posted by megan on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 23:36