June 25, 2003

Body: Not Bad

But the feet will have to go.

My son found out a thing about writing I am having to painfully learn for myself: that there is less joy and freshness and energy in the rewriting of something than the writing of it for the first time. What seemed to stand adequately well written fresh months ago now appears obviously flawed and in need of surgery... some only cosmetic, but for the most part, we're talking amputation here. And mostly it is toward the extremities... the endings... the formulaic conclusions added to a Fragments post because I had tired of writing about it and needed to wrap it up. It's just a weblog post, Fred. Don't anguish over it. Shave and a haircut-- two bits! Done!

Consequently, as I look back through possible entries to include in a little booklet out on the horizon through the haze, I find (and friend-editor Tom has corroborated most tenderly) more than a few of the concluding paragraphs are mushily effusive, mock-wise and cutesy. Bring in the orthopedic bone saw! Apply tourniquet. Lots of anesthetic, please. Today I am inclined to think the patient can be saved. Yesterday, I was ready to pull the plug. I wonder if Fragments has a DNR clause?

I've become somewhat sidetracked from the writing tasks at hand by the new Photoshop book I just brought home. I've learned that I can significantly reduce the size of images of adequate quality by using the "Save for Web" function in the software, so hopefully in the future I will not have to sacrifice quality to get images of small enough size to load quickly on your web browser and also not glut my limited server space. On the other hand, if I am going to include images in the 'book', I need to start printing some of them to paper to look at quality and have a lot to learn about publishing costs for full color images, how book paper affects an image, et cetera. Any experience with this? Anyone?

And oh, by the way, I've decided on a title for the book that I think will have great appeal: Harry Potter in the Enchanted Blue Ridge Forest.

Posted by fred1st at June 25, 2003 06:23 AM | TrackBack

Are you ready for all the groupies waiting in line for Harry? Love the title.

Posted by: Cop Car at June 25, 2003 07:58 AM

Personally, I like the editing better than getting out the shitty first draft (TM by Annie Lamont). That's when I start seeing the magic. A good short story takes at least two months to write.

Posted by: Joel at June 25, 2003 11:57 AM

yeah.....there's something about hitting it so nicely when you first write...it happens on occasion. You get it right - from the starting gate. The rest, you have it pretty well done and only need to fine tune.

There's no shame in going back and tweaking something. Think of how you hang a picture. You need to step back and get a better perspective from a distance to fully appreciate how something looks/feels. Why should writing be any different?

Posted by: Da Goddess at June 26, 2003 02:26 AM

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