Since the first day I needed to vent on paper, getting the words down was never a problem. It felt good to examine my emotions and place them on a substance I could burn or tear up. Things have changed.
I save my documents, and worse yet, share them. Rereading what I’ve written helps me gauge how I’m doing, and sometimes the words aren’t as smooth and coherent as I first imagined.
So action must be taken.
As I read I wonder how I could have missed the obvious. I guess somewhere in the back of my mind I recognize how the greats made their words so fluid. But seeing it, reading it, admiring it, doesn’t mean I understand how to do it.
According to Cheeny from page 51, “Analyzing paragraphs in such detail may make writing seem mechanical and contrived, but if it’s done well, the reader doesn’t feel it; he just moves along easily from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph. The reader is disturbed when the writer fails to contrive for coherence.”
I’m working on this.
Some ideas cannot be expressed in any one sentence no matter how long. More clarity is required. Moments in time must be captured. Impressions, reactions, emotions must be shared. It makes the event real. So what I have in the forefront of my mind can be written down in its entirety and hopefully tempts the reader to read on.
If the reader is willing to read on, the hook has been set successfully.
I’m far from a master. The apprenticeship of a writer is a long and trying road. And I like this road, bumpy as it is. I learn new things every day. Some of insights I share like what I found in Cheeny’s book.
What do you do to improve? I know I’ve asked this before and to be honest I’ve bought many titles that were recommended. Tell me. Have you made a new discovery since then? Shout it out.