A Pompeian Lady, John William Godward
Francine Prose in Reading Like A Writer says, “…it’s surprising how easily we lose sight of the fact that words are the raw material out of which literature is created.”
I try to lose sight of that fact like during NANO in November, but really it’s a painful thing for me–and I know I’m making more work for myself. I like to get the words right the first time. In selecting words to create narrative, “…every word is on trial for its life.” to quote again from Prose’s book. I always think of the words I’m writing when I’m writing, of choosing the right word to convey what I want to say, what the story demands. That demand may not always be obvious at the beginning, but as I read it over and over, I see…something, and the thinking and the selecting begins afresh. I cannot write without paying close attention to the words from the moment the first letter of the first word appears at the first tap on the key.
I’m off to Colorado for the weekend to visit a friend. Along with my camera, I’m taking my current Loose Daddy scene and my journal for the flight. Denver’s in the eighties this weekend. I’ll be leaving the leather jacket at home.
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend!