Friday, August 31, 2012

Really? Oh... yes, of course.

Autheniticity in writing will only arise from authenticity in living. Ideas that occur to you in the course of your life should be jotted down in your notebook, which we will discuss later, but only so long as you remember that the world does not exist to provide raw material for your notebook.
-Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson

I kid you not, readers, but my reaction to this was, "You mean what happens to me DOESN'T happen to provide material for my stories? You mean that time this summer when I nearly fainted in a parking lot didn't happen so that I'd know how to write a fainting scene, as I groggily thought when I was lying there on the sidewalk?

Well, obviously not. Duh.

P.S. My apologies for the formatting and the infrequency of my posts. The computer I use only lets me compose them in HTML, which makes it a little confusing and hard to work with. .
P.P.S. I just finished reading Wordsmithy and highly recommend it. Review might be coming soon if I get the computer to work.


Miss Dashwood said...

Am I the only one who's curious to hear more details about this mysterious fainting spell in the parking lot? Was it very romantical? Was Sir Percy nearby to catch you?

Ahem. Moving on.

Wordsmithy sounds like a great book! I've tended to shy away from how-to writing books because some of them tend to contradict each other (and then I get confoozled) but if you recommend this one I'd like to try it out.

Rachel (Cynthia) Heffington said...

Haha! I know I am very guilty of using all of my experiences in stories....oh dear. And to think a professional says I oughtn't. Hrm.