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- Publisher: The Write Practice (November 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2014
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Starting this course was like learning to ice skate. First I felt uncomfortable because I was in uncharted territory, doing things I would not normally do and trying to become accustomed to them. I kept trying to hang on to my comfort zone, just as I would hang onto the boards at an ice rink. Exercises and activities were included to encourage the writer to do things he would not normally do as a means to understand the essence of creativity and encourage it. The author believes that reading other writers is important, just like neophyte skaters carefully watch more accomplished ones to learn technique.
The more I dove into it, the more comfortable I began to feel, primarily because actions that were neither familiar nor comfortable became less ominous. I began to move out of my comfort zone. The objective of all the exercises was to lead you on a journey through uncharted territory, primarily to show you that there was actually a logical path through it. Second, it demonstrated that the path can often be tortuous. I encountered many decision points and understood that it was okay to pick the wrong way because errors in choice could be corrected later. It was more important to try than to succeed immediately.
There are plenty of tricks of the trade to editing. A number of them are discussed and there is some very good advice. My entire life was spent as a petroleum engineer writing very precise technical documents. Prose is much more challenging. I think the best advice in this course is to read your work out loud. If it does not sound right or flow properly when it is read aloud, I have found from experience that I need to rewrite it. The second thing I have always done is also strongly encouraged; that is, have other people read your work and critique it. As Mr. Bunting notes, this can be a minefield. He describes some of the ways the deal positively with criticism and how to separate worthwhile criticism from the rest. That is another really valuable piece of advice. There is more.
I found the writing part of the course more valuable than the submission part, however, for aspiring or previously unpublished writers the end of the course will prove very valuable.
This course was quite worthwhile, although it was more time-consuming than I had anticipated. Clearly quality takes a little longer. It is aimed at those who have not previously submitted stories for publication. Upon conclusion, a writer should have the knowledge he or she needs to publish.
There are golden nuggets that would be useful to writers of any genre. Two that have stayed with me are his idea of a "makeshift critique group" and " . . .you will write more words than you use in the final draft of you story. You might even write twice as many. This is normal and necessary. Only half of your job is to write. The other half is to pick the best words out of the ones you've already written."
I write non-fiction books and have always avoided writing fiction, because "I didn't know how to start." Now, it doesn't seem quite so intimidating. Mr. Bunting's book has inspired me to give it a try.