Despite the fact that I spent the evening with one eye on the critiques and the other seeing where Tibo would stick his nose next, I felt the evening went quite well. Two things became very apparent to me:
- Show not tell - Ok it's not an earth shattering discovery. It's not even new, it's not like I haven't heard it a million times before. But then I suddenly discover the advice has flown out of my head...
- Along with my grasp of punctuation. I have a very intuitive use of punctuation. I think a comma or semicolon should go there. And there, yeah there, let's slip in a dash! Anyway it becomes kind of glaring when one of your crit partners sends you a link for a punctuation website. So yesterday I purchased New Hart's Rules - The Handbook of style for Writers and Editors. It's got a whole bunch of other sections that I will probably never look at, but it seemed to fit. I do own Eats, Shoots and Leaves, but I seem to have Read, Thought and Forgotten! And really to find the rule in amongst Lynne Truss's rants is not really practical.
- Write from the heart. Be it fiction or non-fiction love your subject, love your words.
- Edit and let your love sing clearly and loudly.
- And because you always can - keep on learning. I'm hoping YOU guys, my crit group and Stephen King's On Writing will continue to teach me a lot.
And so on to the fun bit, passing it on. It'll be interesting to see what these people find powerful.
So Kimy, I have to pass the roar right on back to you.
Vanilla at Absolute Vanilla - I hope you don't me borrowing your words, but you say it so well.
David at Witnessing am I
Apprentice at My Gap Year
And Jon from Writing in a Vacuum (and not because he's collecting awards this time).