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Friday, November 7, 2014

What is the Perfect Sentence? Celebrating Those Small Things



Good morning Computer!  Hi Readers! 

Today I'm in search of the perfect sentence. You know that elusive structure that makes hearts flutter or breathing stop when you realize you've finally nailed the idea, the image, the moment just as it should be, and you've done it with your own fine prose.



Here's an example--not mine, unfortunately, but one from a brilliant writer named Nabokov. "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins." 

Feel the flutter inside your chest? Wonder how he did that? Me, too.


1) He didn't waste a single word.

2) He didn't use "over-the-top" words. He chose simple ones.
3) He set the tone and captured Humbert Humbert's passion without "telling" us what that passion is. 
4) He didn't use one cliche. How diminished this line would be if he'd written. "I love Lolita more than anyone else in the world."
5) He made the line sing. There's rhythm and rhyme to it. 

Here are some other favorites of mine.

"Her body moved with frankness that comes from solitary habits." Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer

"I'm rich, famous, and if Esther really has left me, I'll soon find someone to replace her." Coelho, The Zahir

The following sample has a lot of sentences that knit together the emotional cloak of Marina's story.

"What is left that is heartbreaking? Not death: death is ordinary. What is heartbreaking is the sight of a single gull lifting effortlessly from a street lamp. Its wings unfurl like silk scarves against the mauve sky, and Marina hears the rustle of its feathers. What is heartbreaking is that there is still beauty in the world." Dean, The Madonnas of Lenningrad

Sublime. 


What I'm Celebrating Today


Thanks VIKLIT



  • I can recognize those perfect sentences.
  • I practice writing those perfect sentences.
  • I can read those perfect sentences.




Quote for the Day

I think this is exactly what those "perfect" sentences do.

"Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it." Hannah Arendt, Political Philosopher

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Insecure Writers Support Group & Burma

ALEX CAVANAUGH


I'm not here. 

Nope. 

I'm in Burma (AKA Myranmar). I like Burma better and it's easier to spell. 


Credit: https://www.gipom.com

However, I've packed my Insecurities, some of them. I'm only allowed something like 40 lbs., so taking all of them would make my bag too heavy. Here's the insecure feelings I took with me. 

While I'm gone, 

  • no one will notice
  • everyone will disappear from my blogging life. "So long. Farewell. Been good to know you."
  • I'll forget how to blog.
  • I'll forget why I blog.
  • I'll miss a writing opportunity of a lifetime, never to be repeated.
Credit: https://www.gipom.com

I'll be back to Blogging December 1. Hope to see you here then. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Who's Your Hero? And Hat's Off Corner to Joy Campbell


HOPE YOU ALL UNDERSTAND, BUT I'M SOMEWHERE THOUSANDS OF FEET IN THE AIR--THERE'S A PLANE INVOLVED.   IF I CAN LOG ON AND COMMENT, I WILL, BUT IF I'M KICKED BACK WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A GOOD BOOK, MY COMMENTS WILL HAVE TO BE LATE. 





I could make a list that would go the length of my blog if I listed my heroes--men and women in my life, in history, and in stories I've treasured. Instead, I'm going with the generic hero, the unsung, the unwitting, the Everyman (in the most general sense of "man") who rises from the humble to the heroic in that moment when man must either rise higher than he's ever risen before, or succumb to the forces against him.













Flood
©C.Lee

The heroic heart lies
concealed within. 
Mysterious, 
Undetected;
then in one moment, 
Revealed.






Aftermath
©C. Lee

One image.
A trove of feelings compacted into light and shadow
No authored words.
Only the heart of the hero, beating.





Ouroboros 
©C. Lee

Day.
Night.
Another.

Year.
Decade.
Another. 

Hunger harvests. 
Hero 
Endures.

So I know what you’re saying: 300 words? Well, I’m going with the idea that if brevity is the soul of wit it’s also the best way to express an idea. Besides, I often find that if I’m brief, I’m also more likely to be read by others online. The problem is it takes me hours more to write short than it does to write long. 

Here are some others who agree with my thoughts on brevity. Am I in good company or what?


“It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.” 

“Be sincere, Be brief, Be seated.” 




To the Hero in all of us.



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HAT'S OFF CORNER

Ever heard the saying, 'one hand washes the other'? Well, in my world 'one story bleeds into another'. Although there are currently three novels and one novella in the Island Adventure Romance series, the stories all started with Hardware, a romantic suspense novel released through Wild Child Publishing.

You might wonder how that happened. Let's just say one compelling secondary character, Anya, had such an interesting situation that I had to develop her story. Her sister, Celeste, proved to be a pain-in-the-butt that I did nothing about for a while. Then I wondered what would happen if I tied her to a troublesome secondary character from Contraband, my first published work. Long story short, these problem children lit the pages on fire with their personalities that are akin to the effect you get from striking a match close to gasoline.

The plot thread is still unreeling, because there's one half of a twin—presumed dead—from Contraband whose adventure is next in line. For those of you who write stories that end up as a series, d'you notice how unresolved situations, snippets of information and back story help to form the basis for follow-up books?

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J.L. Campbell lives in Jamaica and writes romantic suspense, women's fiction and young adult novels. She also writes non-fiction and is a certified editor. Visit her on the web at http://www.joylcampbell.com or at her Amazon page. She's enjoys good company, so feel free to follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.


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