Friday, 6 February 2009
In Praise of Ms Valentine
I am always on the lookout for interesting blogs by other writers, and I found this one by a lady called Nixy Valentine. Well, in actual fact she found me by leaving a comment on my post.
Quite appropriate for February I thought too. Her blog is an aesthetic masterpiece of red, black and white and is chock full of fascinating, and practical advice for writers who want to get on the publishing bandwagon.
It still amazes me how generous writers are in their wilingness to share their experiences and advice for the benefit of others, where other professions guard their trade secrets with pathological jealousy. There is plenty of good stuff on Ms Valentine's so is definitely worth a look with such gems as:
Be aware of the emotional ride you want to your readers to take. Without ups and downs, a story is stagnant. So be aware, and be prepared to go on a ride along with them. As the saying goes, “No surprise for the writer means no surprise for the reader.“ I’d venture to say that “No heartache/disappointment/thrill/love/obsession/passion” would fit in there just as well.
That paragraph alone got me thinking, mainly to see if I was doing what I was supposed to. I believe I am, but as another part of the article says, '...many writers won’t delve into their worst thoughts or give those thoughts to their heroes and heroines.' How right she is. A clever lady is Ms Valentine. But how do I move beyond that one when writing is in many ways an escape from life, not a desire to delve into its worst aspects? Or the worst aspects of mine anyway.
Any clues how any of my writing buddies deal with that one?