Salome, Aubrey Beardsley
The start of a new year is always a kick for me. I’ve got plans–great writing plans for this year. Last year four fictions winged into the wild blue. This year, one short story for sure, but TAKEN has priority over everything else so if I manage to send off three more–they’ll be gravy!
I’m reading Noah Lukeman’s The First Five Pages this month and doing the end of chapter exercises which have already proven valuable. After doing the first exercise, I discovered I use too many adjectives–horrors! While my prose isn’t overloaded with adjectives, they are definitely redundant in many instances. Adverbs I’ve got under tight control so no problem there–hardly ever use one, but adjectives! Adjectives are lovely, aren’t they? They’re like sea nymphs singing their siren song and beckoning. It was funny for me to discover that instead of underwriting, I’ve been overwriting–not so much in quantity of words as in usage. That may sound odd but misused adjectives buries a scene in wordy lather, and although you might only have written a hundred words, adjective misusage makes it look like a hundred fifty at least.
Anyway, I’m going to work my way through The First Five Pages as I gear up to rewrite the zero draft of TAKEN into a decent first draft. We shall see.