Impressions, part 1

A blogalectic with Jenna St. Hilaire and Masha

If you’ve not read the links above, please do. I did, and spent the week wondering what to write. We’re discussing impressions now—not, what do we think about such and so, but what does such and so make us think? This week it’s beauty. What impression does that word have on us, on me?

What impression does it have on you?

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quick, this way!

What do you do when you discover you have all of five minutes to write a blog post on the art of storytelling and the evocative power of Story?

You default to a They Might Be Giants video.

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Watch and learn. There’s so much more here than puppets.

Good Sabbath, everyone.

interested in things

This was my week, pretty much.

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I believe in this video. Especially at 2:08 ff.

They call me Doctor Worm.
Good Morning! How are you?
I’m Doctor Worm.

I’m interested in things.
I’m not a real doctor
But I am a real worm.
I am an actual worm!

Thanks again to John and John and their wonderfully irreverent reverence for art, sound, consciousness, and music.

momentary editing, part 2

The key to great writing is not, as Jenna St. Hilaire wryly observed at A Light Inside, sitting at your computer in tears at 1 am trying to find the right comma.

The key to great writing is not necessarily developing a systematic filing system of scenes and plot points, which you then craft through connecting together 4×5 note cards in an elaborate series of color-coded drafts.

It might be for some people. But many writing types—the one typing included—tend to be artsy types, too. And artsy types seldom use 4×5 note cards for anything except half-finished collages for creating world peace. Or jotting down the occasional website.

The key to great writing is not merely reading what writers have written about writing. That helps. But if it’s all you do, you can teach a writing class and that’s about it.

The key to great writing is not even shrewd editing.

The key to shrewd editing is great writing.

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sonata scenes

or, structure and emotion: an exploration

1147987_old_maritime_map I’m excited about editing. To be more precise, I’m excited about discovering a new system of editing long manuscripts.

With her usual clarity, Jenna St. Hilaire continues her confessional tutorial in the under-appreciated art of manuscript editing. ‘Confessional’, because, as readers of A Light Inside know, she’s been editing her own novel manuscript over the past months. Tutorial, because she’s using her experience to help others find a way to edit their own manuscripts.

The editorial board at Paradoxes (viz., me) extends their thanks. Because in reading this tutorial confessional, I (viz, Paradoxes’ editorial board) was reminded again how editing is like music.

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