"Fiction is the purest art. Commercial fiction is the butter, the darkest chocolate, and the finest malt. That's why we are so addicted to it."--Angie Brooksby-Arcangioli
"Puerile Bilge" is my new blog name.
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Absolutely!! Thank you!
The first draft, of my first book: 127,000 words. The finished draft: 93,000. I agree completely.
I think the "knowing what" cannot be emphasized enough. I used to try to make my writing overly concise in an attempt to follow guides such as Strunk & White. The voice I ended up with was dull and frustrated me endlessly. Put too many artificial constraints on your writing and you will get an artificial result. Much better to tune your natural voice than to try to turn yourself into someone you're not.
Ahhh, my favorite poet. And all so true!
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