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Pretty words

Postby eno1 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:34 am

For a writer I seem to be stumbling for a description of what I am asking.
I am yet unpublished. I have had my short stories read by dozens of people, Fanstory, writing.com etc.. Everyone loves my story lines, ideas,plot etc... However, my writing lacks that something extra that gets one published.
I read award winning stories from various sites and to be blunt, they stink. The writing has flowery, pretty words, but you have to work to get to the end.
How does this stuff win awards?
I don't put superfluous adjectives and adverbs in my sentences, or use a thesaurus.
Is there a magic formula for making my prose more descriptive with few words. I am not thin skinned about my writing, I just want to make it work.
I know READ READ READ
I am reading Hemmingway at the moment.
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Postby James A. Ritchie » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:08 am

You'll have to give examples of award-winning stories you think stink. "Superfluous" to you may be beautiful writing to someone else. Writing can certainly get too fancy, but it can also get too simple.

My suggestion would be to read Ray Bradbury. I don't think a writer ever lived who was better at producing magic from simple words.

Other than this, you have to remember that story lines, plot, ideas, etc., are important, but people read stories because of how well you execute these things, how well you tell the story, and how well you develop character. Readers want good writing, which means not too fancy and not too plain, they want realistic, three dimensional characters they can empathise with, and they want little surprises, quick and unexpected left turns into a new truth or insight.

Hemingway, I think, was a great writer, but not nearly as simple as his imitators seem to think. Unpublished writers often go to extremes in style. Many get far too fancy, but many other get far too simple. There has to be a balance that gives rhythm and flow, that sets both mood and tone.

After this, what you have to say is every bit as important as how you say it. But, yes, read, read, read. Find a current selling writer you love, and do as he does.

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Postby James A. Ritchie » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:23 am

Many think proven writers get more slack, and in a way it's true, but that slack is given because those writers have proven they can please hundreds of thousands of readers. The "slack" they're given is added length, and the benefit of the doubt when they try an experiment. But the best writers out the still receive rejections when they get it wrong. Ray Bradbury always said he received a rejection every week of his life, including this week.

Any good magazine wants famous names on the cover, and in the table of contents. Established writers do have this edge, but they still have to write very, very well because every established writer out there is trying for the same few slots. This means an editor does not have to give "slack" where quality is concerned. At most, an editor has five or six slots to fill, and probably a hundred established writers to choose from.

The problem new writers face is not that established writers are cut any slack, it's that the name matters, and these writers do provide high quality stories on a regular basis. This means a new writer must write better than the established writer in order to get published. The new writer must say something original, or something old in a new and original way, and he must make the editor thinks, "I don't care if I do have to reject Stephen King's story to open a slot, I have to buy this story."

So it isn't that established writers are cut any slack, it's simply that new writers have to write something spectacular to break in. This is a good thing. Every last one of those established writers were new writers at some point, faced the same challenge, and managed to break into print. Meeting this challenge is how we become better writers, how we become established writers.


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