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Writing about The Writing Craft


Having posted umpteen articles on the demanding processes and procedures of publishing, a delicious change for me is writing about writers. And that, dear readers, is what this is all about. Great writers who produce good literature. Edward Weston’s “strongest way of seeing” is in reference to the quality of the photographic perspective of any given print. In writing I would posit that the equivalence for this in literature would not be much different than Edward’s.

I have been labeled an iconoclast by nature. That works for me. Icons tend to change over time, nurtured and recast by those who pass along the wisdoms of writing, as Iconic platforms, instead of useful tools. This is where I get into trouble. Iconic rules have their place. Use of comma, staying clear of ending a sentence with a proposition and other nuggets have served writers well over a long period. It is the inclusive writing dictums that cling to the Icons like barnacles on a Galleon.

The dictums I refer to are those more recently taught in many classrooms of creative writing. Recently, as historically oriented to my timeline of creative writing courses, beginning half a century ago, as well as additional coursework twenty years later. The focus of the message was for using the minimalist approach. If a sentence becomes longer than a dozen words, break it into two sentences, or three. Strip out every single proposition that doesn’t strangle the sentence, and other thinning devices, for me, shaped the writing itself as if one were Tweeting, using the 144 character string as a limit.

I have no grudge against creative writing courses. I learned a lot about writing in general and so much more about me as a writer. Having been walking this road for a long time has allowed me to settle into my own writing style, using the tools learned along the way, as any competent writer will. As a reader, the authors I am drawn to are not stingy with their use of metaphor, nor lengthier sentence structure, when it delivers. But that’s just me.

The authors I will be highlighting are those authors I have read, and whom I believe have added to the ledger of good literature. I have the blessing of Diana Peach, to write about her, and three of her novels which I have read. It is my honor to do so. Up to this point, Diana’s books have been published by Mockingbird Lane Press. Kudos to her for that. I have mostly focused on indie writers in past postings, being this is a blog about indie writers, however, all writers will find comfort here, and Diana merits accolades for her writing skills. As I understand it, Diana will self-publish “The Bone Wall” this February, which of course makes her an indie writer.


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