While preparing to move into my former study no longer needed as a bedroom, I came across a book I'd read many years ago and delved into the contents. "On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner" had given me much to think about. I began to read the book again.
Verbal Sensitivity was one thing spoken about. A love for words and making them build pictures for others is important to anyone wanting to write. I began with short stories and learned how to make a few words do the job of many. I dabbled in poetry using words in different ways to bring about meanings. When I turned to writing longer stories, I realized my fascination with words would help. I enjoy looking up words in an Entomology book I have and seeing how they arose. But I also liked to use a word a bit different from it's meaning. In our critique group, there was a woman who also liked language but she was a stickler for precision of language. She always had fits when I used a word in a manner she didn't think was proper.
Along with verbal sensitivity, to write novels having a sense of sentence rhythm is valuable. Short sentences, long sentences are needed to create a dream. That's what a novel really is, a world shown through the imagination of the writer. The dream contains characters, setting, action and atmosphere, all created by words.
So work to attain a verbal sensitivity to make your fiction ring.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Observations from John Gardner #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Verbal sensitivity
Posted by Janet Lane Walters at 7:49 AM
Labels: John Gardner, Observations, Sensitivity, Tip, Tuesday, Verbal, Writer
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Good stuff. I like this post a lot.
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