Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Repetition is a Good Thing, (most of the time)

JoAnn Arnold

I'm a tad late in posting my thoughts today, but I had to do my visiting teaching this morning. We don't usually wait until the last day. In fact, we usually have it done the first week. But there are times when not all goes as planned. And if anyone has some really good back excercises that will help me walk and sit and lie down without pain, please forward them.

Now, onto more important things. I know that my last three posts had a little bit of repetitive quotes and remarks. You ask why? The answer is simple. Repetition is a good way to remember and maybe I was checking to see if anyone noticed. Did you notice?

I want to list a few tips that might help us in our journey in becoming the authors we visualize in our imaginations.

1. Don't bore your reader
2. Be clear
3. Avoid cliches
4. Think new and surprising
5. Think sounds
6. Think in images
7. Don't begrudge the rewrites

Elmore Leonard put it this way. "Try to leave out the parts that people skip.

Alfred Hitchcock reminds us that Drama is life with all the boring bits cut out.

And Mark Twain said, "Why use a quarter word when you can use a nickel one, instead.

Now if I can just remember all this stuff.

Thank you for reading my post