Sunday, May 17, 2009

A strange thing

So here's a first for me:

I have this story I finished many months ago and had critiqued twice, and the response both times was fairly negative. Lots of confusion about what was going on. Now this same story got an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest, but I was so discouraged by the bad feedback that I basically left it for dead and moved on.

Then this morning, when I was thinking about other things, it suddenly came to me how to fix the story. I hadn't even thought about it at all for weeks, but it must have been in the back of my mind. Otherwise, how could this have happened? I pulled itup on my computer after breakfast and got to work. I'm not done yet with the changes, but I've made good progress and I like what I have. Maybe the story isn't so dead after all.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Words to live by

Damon Lindelof, one of the masterminds behind "Lost," says: "At the end of the day, you can do anything you want [as a storyteller] so long as it's cool." (read the whole article here)

I think I'm going to post that quote right next to my computer, along with a couple other gems I've run across in the past few months:

Second draft = first draft - 10% (Stephen King)
"Exposition as dialogue, no." (e-mailed response to a story submission)