Word Division, or How to Carve

Word Division, and How to Carve - Terence Kuch (www.terencekuch.net) Meat should be cut at the joint, Plato said, not merely hacked apart any old place. Likewise, words, if they must be divided, should be cut at their own joints. The pieces (before and after line-breaks) should bear as much meaning as possible, as an aid to the reader. In violation of this principle, the Washington Post once divided “homerun” as ho/merun. Exactly what’s wrong here? There is a home plate, and runners run there. … [Read more...]

“Novel Minds” / Memorable Fancies #1437

[“Have you ever read a novel and wondered, ‘What kind of a sick mind would imagine a story like that?’ Now imagine a novel in which the author asks that question about himself.” – James Rovira] I don't write novels to find out about myself, but it happens anyway. I try to remain calm. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Try Try Again – A novel of deadly U.S. political intrigue from Ashton Publishing Group (Australia). … [Read more...]

“A Murder Wiki” / Memorable Fancies #441

Two writers, A and B, meet online. They agree to collaborate on a novel. A writes a rough draft, and B modifies it. A adds more. B adds his own story elements and new characters. One of the new elements is a murder; one of the new characters is a murderer. A repeatedly deletes the character, wanting the novel to be upbeat, but B keeps writing him back in. Just before the collaboration would have broken down in anger and recrimination, the murderer finds A, at work on his computer. B can now … [Read more...]

The Overly Adverb’d Author / Memorable Fancies #511

Jeff Mason’s novel was accepted for publication, subject to the usual copy-editing process. After the first edit, Jeff noticed that an editor had removed all his adverbs. He complained, but to no avail: he was told that adverbs were clogging his writing, and that they had to go or Jeff would have to find another publisher. Muttering, he repaired the damage as best he could and sent the revised version back. A week later, Jeff received a new post-edit version. He noticed that an editor had, … [Read more...]

Why are you a writer? / Memorable Fancies #1309

.. To become rich and famous, will settle for rich-only if you have to. .. To have adoring fans and pick up English majors in bars. .. To propagate your opinions (but no one else cares). .. To express your innermost feelings (ditto). .. To find out what happens in the story. .. To develop, exercise, and improve a difficult skill. .. To be admired by other writers (there are less-hazardous ways to do this). .. To become a cult idol frequently interviewed on TV and featured … [Read more...]

Point of View in Fiction: Elements and Choices – a short course

Taking a one-day timeout from our daily microfiction, today's post is a short course called Point of View in Fiction: Elements and Choices, comprising a PowerPoint presentation and the accompanying, and much more detailed, Word document. The two files are attached below. If you have a problem accessing either of them, please contact me via a Comment here, or email terencekuch /a/t/ ymail.com. The Word document also appears below. POV-TerenceKuch POV-Terence … [Read more...]

“The Overly Adverbed Author” / Memorable Fancies #511

     Jeff Mason’s novel was accepted for publication, subject to the usual copy-editing process. After the first edit, Jeff noticed that an editor had removed all his adverbs. He complained, but to no effect: he was told that adverbs were clogging his writing, and that they had to go or Jeff would have to find another publisher.      Muttering, he repaired the damage as best he could and sent the revised version back.      A week later Jeff received a new post-edit version. He noticed … [Read more...]