I've been writing since I was quite young. I sent my first "novel" to the publisher when I was 9. I was devastated when I got a personal rejection signed by multiple folks and a MG novel that was doing well at the time. I was crushed. Looking back, I can't believe how fortunate I was that they sent my crayon-inscribed prose around the office and everyone got to exclaim how cute it was. Now, of course, nine-year-olds are plugged in their own palm-sized computers. Still, how many of them could figure out how to submit something without adult supervision?
I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, not far from the Shenandoah River. I used to say I've never tasted moonshine, but I caught the white dog not too long ago. One sip was enough, thank you.
Having first published an article some thirty years ago, which was sent to the editor of a magazine because I was angry at what had been published---I wanted to show them a modern, accurate take on the subject. They sent me a check back. I regularly publish nonfiction articles, it's my fiction that I'm struggling with.
I found this site when I was looking for writing classes, more specifically, something being taught by Mr. Card as I have enjoyed his books on writing. Hopefully, I'll glean what I need from the forums! My preferred genre is fantasy, but I dabble in a few others.
Dalmatians, dressage, and driving horses are my hobbies although I earned a degree in Animal Sciences. They're also the subjects of most of my nonfiction bits. I'm divorced, have five spotted dogs and a horse. Life is quiet and almost predictable. Once upon a time I Served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.
A, or the, struggle and challenge of prose expression before all writers is management of the mischiefs between in-scene verbatim, necessary dramatic details and paraphrased summaries and explanations, especially for accomplished nonfiction creators.
Nonfiction invariably tell summarizes and explains and organizes based upon claim assertion detail and support priorities. Creative nonfiction, though, abides fiction's story craft want for verbatim, shown dramatic scenes.
Many contemporary creative writers overweight paraphrase tell at the expense of verbatim show, as that's how traditional narrative was done -- before motion pictures' verbatim portraits took away much of the audience public. That's the competition and what readers want: vivid, lustrous, lively, verbatim, silky drama, and a challenge prose can meet and exceed.
Welcome to the Hatrack River writers' community. May you realize the whirlwind!
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Thirteen lines, thanks for the clarification. I could have been in trouble right out of the starting gate if someone hadn't trained me up a little.
I've been reading various posts which interest me here and I feel like I'm slowly beginning to get to know a few of you. Some of the names stick out at the very least.
Extrinsic, I hope you find my prose as silky as anyone could imagine. I've been told my voice is somewhat unique. I think it still needs some polish. I hope all y'all have a cloth ready, and some rubbing compound at your desk side because I intend to get the most out of this forum that I possibly can!
That is, of course, until y'all get bored of me and tell me to take a hike or publish the dang thing already. I think I'll waddle over and see if anyone is intrigued by my opening.