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October 2nd, 2001

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05:58 am
in writing a story, there are two requirements for the subject matter.
1) you must be able to imagine it for yourself
2) you must be able to describe it for others
surprisingly few thigns fit both qualifications
np: U2 - Mysterious Ways

(4 shots upside the head | en garde!)


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Date:October 2nd, 2001 12:59 pm (UTC)
I have that problem.. I can almost always visualize it clearly in my own mind but something happens between the brain and the pen that blocks my ability to describe it in a way that allows the other person to understand... which normally leaves me making great huge arm gestures and saying.. you know.. you KNOW.. =)
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Date:October 3rd, 2001 05:34 am (UTC)
I jump right over the writing part and into winning the Pulitzer Prize and going on a speaking tour. Not to mention my appearance of Oprah for her Book of the Month thingy :)

I have lots of stories, lots of plots, but as Stephen Crane who wrote that truly bad novel Red Badge of Courage said, "I don't have the words."
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Date:October 4th, 2001 02:30 pm (UTC)
heh. great huge arms gestures and you know's don't really work too well in writing..

"And Dirk ran down the ominous corridor. It was dark and smelled like that stuff, ya know, that green liquid stuff you pour in drains. He ran into the great room. It was huge. I mean THIS big [author holds hands very far apart]!"
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Date:October 4th, 2001 05:00 pm (UTC)


it works for me.. i knew what you meant =)

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