It wasn't just the message that appealed to me, although the author's thesis certainly tickled my mind and got me thinking. The book's format intrigued me. Short paragraphs, no indents, and
for stronger impact.
And it did impact me.
Recently I attended a writing workshop, and the instructor's favourite buzz word was
Everything from the setting, to the character's dialogue, to the minutest descriptive detail should be organic to what you're writing, she insisted.
Now for me, the word organic congers up images of weed-infested gardens, where the produce might be "healthy" but its bruised, bug-nibbled hides are far from appealing. So what has that got to do with my writing?
The book I read this week showed me.
By packaging his new
in a new
the author successfully married his message to its format.
Its taken me years to comprehend the basic rules of fiction writing. The importance of story arc, voice, point of view, and yes, grammar. But I am now being told, in this age of post-modern literature, that I need to explore outside the box of literary rules.
I need to step out
take a chance.
So my question is:
if I try this new method of writing,
will it make any sense?