Long Tempered
by KimLenox on June 27th, 2009


I’ve really enjoyed the posts this week from the other Silk & Shadows writers. That is so funny about Allison saying she finds it difficult to write even a short message in a greeting card. I’m the same way. There’s just so much PRESSURE to write something original, meaningful and short that lots of times I resort to: XOX, Kim. How sad is that? What a copout!

Like others have said, I’ve never been able to make my brain tackle a short story. Even articles. A neighbor asked why I didn’t try to write those two to three page articles for local magazines, and the thought that shot right out of my head was, “Well, because I can’t.”

I think it would be like telling a violinist to sit down and paint an Impressionist scene. Okay, well, maybe not quite that extreme of a difference. I’m sure we as writers could muddle through, but others could certainly do it better, and enjoy it at the same time. But maybe it’s a left brain/right brain issue or some other cerebral complication.

That being said, my books almost always seem to have a natural arc of about 85,000 to 90,000 words, which is common, but a little short for single title. I like to read longer fiction, shorter fiction and short stories, but I don’t like to read a lot of blah blah blah unless it’s really interesting blah blah blah. I’d define “blah blah blah” as those parts of the book that don’t really have anything to do with the story.

I think it was Toni Morrison who said, and this is a complete paraphrase, that there shouldn’t be any words in your book that don’t have a specific and real purpose for being there. That seems like it would be common sense, but I keep that little reminder in the back of my head while I write.

This week’s topic has me wanting to grab up a few anthologies. I also really enjoy Stephen King’s short stories. I’m even tempted to exercise some writing muscles and attempt a short story or two.

But for now I’m on deadline. The game has been a little delayed due to a nail-through-the-eyeball type headache so I’d better get back to it.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

2 comments to “Long Tempered”

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    Is that a technical term? And is it contagious? Because I think I have it. Oh wait, that’s because I’m on deadline too. So, yep, it must be a technical term.

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    Stephen King is a master of nailing images with the exact right words - no blah, blah, blah in his writing! Me, I need to learn to trim, lol.

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