It’s been a busy and eventful week. Plans for the 8th grade writing and literature class are falling into place, the novel’s ending is being surprisingly cooperative (slow and steady…), and I received my first award from Anthony Lee Collins. Thanks again, Anthony! I’ll pass on the love this week.
In other news, to finish off Twain’s Rules of Writing, here are his closing thoughts.An author should: 12. Say what he is proposing to say, not merely come near it.
13. Use the right word, not its second cousin.
14. Eschew surplusage.
15. Not omit necessary details.
16. Avoid slovenliness of form.
17. Use good grammar.
18. Employ a simple, straightforward style.
Good general rules of thumb, especially for those learning the craft of writing.
The one I struggle with most? Number 16, becoming lazy with my prose. It is the primary problem with my novel’s ending at this point. (I think plot problems have been eliminated…) The prose is–at least in my own eyes–lovely at the beginning. But the closer I came in my struggle towards the story’s end, the more the style became little more than a slightly detailed list of actions with occasional interjection of emotion and dialog. Utterly pathetic and terribly embarrassing.
What do you struggle with as a writer?