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Structure first, paint last

Gearing up for the final draft of Blood & Soul. I’m re-reading it, looking for improvements in the story itself. I’m not proofreading yet. That is the last thing to do. 5 years ago started out trying to write pretty sentences and nearly drove myself crazy. It took me a long time to figure out I was looking through the wrong end. I learned a valuable lesson, a humbling lesson. Structure first, paint last. Story is Structure/building, words are the paint, the trim, the texture.

Stuff I’m sick of seeing/hearing and why:

July 7, 2012 4 comments
  • “Reading is good” Nope …depends on what you’re reading.
  • “Goals are good” Nope …depends on what your goals are
  • “Education is good” Nope …depends on what you’re being taught.
  • “Being yourself is good” Nope …depends on who you are
  • “Voting is good” Nope …depends on who you’re voting for
  • “Thinking is good” Nope …depends on what you’re thinking!

See a pattern here? We value action but not purpose.

“Just Do it” Really? Just do what? Pick my nose and flick the booger on your windshield?

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