Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Writing Wednesday in 2011

Writing Wednesday

I originally planned for Wednesdays to be writing advice day. But over the course of the previous year I've discussed aspects of writing under all the headings.

We've considered topic from basic craft questions like kinds of points of view to patience and persistence as writerly virtues.

Going forward, on Wednesdays we'll discuss writing as a means of expression, or writing from the perspective of a writer.

I'm going to try to illustrate the laws and concepts of making in terms of long-form (novel) writing, both at the level of the story and at the meta-level of the writer and his or her approach, discipline, and engagement.

You won't find anything like, "10 Sure-fire Shortcuts to Bestsellerdom!" here. I agree with Jane Friedman, who thinks that kind of advice does writers a disservice by glossing over the real complexities of publishing. Beyond that, looking for shortcuts smacks of user thinking that turns writing into a cynical means to an end.

Like the investment firm that boasts they build wealth the old-fashioned way through solid investments with consistent returns, I'm only interested in the long, hard, deeply engaged process of creating something that deserves to occupy its place in the universe.

As with the other topics, I'd love to know what you think about our discussions.

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