Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Short Essay on Writing

One thing I've discovered since I began writing this blog is that writing a story is almost like putting together a puzzle except that most puzzles only have one way to go together. That is unless you have a sharp knife or perhaps a pair of good scissors. A story on the other hand when you are writing you'll get the ball rolling with some descriptions of what you see, smell and hear, but later on you might remember how you felt about what you saw, smelled and heard which can add depth to your words.
I usually write as fast as I can while the words are flowing and worry about editing later. The problem there is that you get so close to the things you write that you can't see blaring errors and later after the stories are posted or published you'll see them as if they were blinking red.
The post that I did yesterday had an issue that I missed. Jilda read it and said you got away from your hook. I had started writing about trains and I ended up by writing about the demise of our little community. Last night I thought it was pretty good, but when Jilda pointed out lapse, I decided to re-write it and stick with the trains.
So there - a short essay on writing at no extra charge.


  1. Anonymous10:46 AM

    The rise and demise of many communities depended on what was happening on or around the train tracks.

  2. Anonymous4:17 PM

    I agree with Ken. We don't always follow our "hook" in life, so why should we be obligated to follow it in writing? Sometimes the hook is really there and we just don't realize it.


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