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      CommentAuthorbudgie
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2011
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    @Alan - thanks for the interest; I'm planning on a blog post shortly explaining more, but in short, "writing is rewriting" can be taken in two ways:

    (1) the obvious - once a draft is completed, the strength of a story (at least as far as I can see) is in the self-editing, paring it down, removing any 'padding', ensuring that every line, every phrase, at least as far as possible, rewards the reader in either advancing the plot or enhancing the reader's understanding of the character.

    (2) the less obvious - ideas come from all around you. Whether or not you subscribe to Moore"s concept of "ideaspace", it's not as if (as Larson facetiously replied when asked) "you have a big box in the attic labelled IDEAS and whenever you need one, you just open it... Rewriting the wisp of a concept into a solid story, pulling in who knows what from who knows where to get the eventual gestalt involves rewriting in your head how you interpret the ideas and their synergy.

    Anyway - that's what I want to play with..
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      CommentAuthorbudgie
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
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    If anyone's interested, and was following this at the end of last year, you may want to take a trip and look at the new thing Si and I will be running from this week... The Art of Fast Fiction...
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
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    expose the skintight Bucks-Fizz leotards of Awesome


    I cannot believe you used that as a reference. Tell me you don't have a cassette of their music stashed behind a book in your home somewhere. C'mon, fess up, it doesn't make you less of a man!