Friday, 29 March 2013

Where have all the carefully crafted words gone?

As I sit here this morning, finishing the edits on a final draft, I got to thinking... you know, easily distracted at all...how much story telling has changed.

I'll improvise on what a well known author once said. I don't recall exactly whom, and these aren't his exact words, and he was getting a broader point across rather than stating a pedantic fact, but it went something like: "Today I wrote two words. Tomorrow I'll get the order right."

Today, authors are not putting out 4 to 6 books a year by fretting over the turn of every single sentence, by striving for the perfect word with each and every stroke on the keyboard. They're opening their minds, stretching their imagination, bursting open their hearts and letting the wonderful mishmash explosion of their story pour out.

And we're loving it!! Yes, I enjoy the wonderfully crafted story, where my eyes fall in love with the prose on the page.

But it's just as wonderful (maybe even better) to dive in with eyes wide open and forget to draw breath until I finally surface from an author's world. And now, ahem, back to those edits...

Happy Easter weekend to those who celebrate and happy long weekend to the rest :)

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