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What exactly does "Precious" mean?

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What exactly does "Precious" mean?

Postby DrG2 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:40 pm

I've heard agents refer to a writing style as "precious", and based on their comments, it seems to mean some combination of:
self-absorbed - - the author inserting his own personality too much in the narration.
autobiographical - - the story is about something that changed the author's life, turned into fiction.
trying too hard to make the text sound nice/pretty
trying too hard to effect a style

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Re: What exactly does "Precious" mean?

Postby mammamaia » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:15 pm

ditto all of that!
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Re: What exactly does "Precious" mean?

Postby pls » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:27 pm

I'm thinking of the exclamation, "Well, isn't that precious?", that I can just hear an editor exclaiming when presented with a nice story about puppies and kitties. Is that what you mean?
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Re: What exactly does "Precious" mean?

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Re: What exactly does "Precious" mean?

Postby mammamaia » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:17 pm

i am an editor and, while i don't use the word myself, i'm pretty sure what's being referred to is an editor/agent/publisher saying, 'it's too precious' in re writing that is any/all of the things drg listed...
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