ON RIGHT WRITING
Writing is more than throwing words onto paper. It is a form of story telling that requires us first to determine
in our own mind what the heart of the story is. What is its essence?
we come to grips with that essential element, we should refrain from
putting pen to paper.
Novelist Anne Dillard expresses this
paramount premise in the following way:
“There’s no virtue in writing
per se. It’s like
dribbling. Can you make the
shot? Is the question.”
A Veteran’s Vision
We gain further insight from our guru, Don
Murray, whose wisdom stretches across a dozen books and hundreds of
“Writing is thinking, and thought begins not with a conclusion, but with an itch, a hint, a clue, a question, a doubt, a wonder, a problem, an answer without a question, an image that refuses to be forgotten.
“Such fragments are caught on the wing, when I
think my mind is somewhere else.”
What’s Your Vision?
Few of us have reached the level of a
Dillard or a Murray, but we nevertheless have stories within us that need
telling. And we should tell them in our own way, drawing word
pictures with our signature attached. All that’s needed to begin
with is a desire to tell our stories, to share them with others.
Mission, Goal and Objective
Our stories live within us, dying to be
told so that they may live outside of us. We can either dribble out
the words or write them right.
· Be a Storyteller
Specific aspects that enrich stories are:
focus, Right Approach, Right Thinking
tone, Right content, Right words
Specific aspects that detract from stories
of single focus
of the unexpected
of revealing detail
of that little extra reporting
What are some tips that might enable inexperienced writers to learn what’s right?
the techniques of writers you like/respect
your story in your mind away from the computer:
“I assign the
writing problem to my subconscious,” says Murray.
structure & write fast
the story unfold
the reader what she/he may not know