Who is on the plum tree?
One of the things we have started doing on Plum Tree Books is featuring different writers who contribute to our Plum Tree Book’s Facebook page. Plum Tree Books is very lucky to present to you Shawn MacKenzie Editor’s Corner. Each week, I will be reblogging her post. She is a brilliant writer and editor, and I know that she has much good advice to share with us all. Thank you Shawn for your brilliant, regular corner on Plum Tree Books.
Music to the Ear
“Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it …” … Virginia Woolf
Always remember, never forget: As much as there is rhythm to life, there is rhythm to writing.
In preparation for the challenge of the Editor’s Corner, I have, much as time and stomach allow, perused a cross-section of blogs and self-published novels and short stories. While there are sparks of brilliance out there, I am amazed by the amount of clunky, tin-eared prose out there, replete with stilted dialogue, baroque narratives, and lurky-jerky labyrinths of bad grammar and even worse punctuation. It’s enough to make this editor weep – or at least tear her hair.
‘Can’t these people hear what they’re writing?’ I ask myself. Such a simple question, yet…
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