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. . . and you thought when it was published, you knew how to write. . . .

September 22, 2011

Nothing like reading a piece of your latest draft to the (admittedly sympathetic) members of your writing group, to have all your excesses of style, your overtly wordy descriptions, your misplaced modifiers and egregious typos suddenly appear magically in boldface italics on the page.

These strained words being situated in draft 6A of the next installment of the saga of Tom Crean’s Antarctic adventures, it’s better that I am embarrassed by them here tonight, than by a print edition before the eyes of thousands of readers.

It may be a lonely life we writers lead, tapping away at the keys, but it doesn’t need to be a vacuum. Our words need to breathe.

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  1. September 26, 2011 12:49 pm

    “It may be a lonely life we writers lead, tapping away at the keys, but it doesn’t need to be a vacuum. Our words need to breathe.”

    Thnks 4 these words David. That’s why our writer’s meetings–2 which U contribute so much– r so dear 2 me. Am most grateful. Camincha

    http://web.mac.com/camincha http://camincha.blogspot.com/ FB

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