“No writer sitting down at his typewriter can be absolutely sure what will emerge.” Quote by Foster-Harris, from The Basic Patterns of Plot, the University of Oklahoma Press.
The small hardback copy has a wealth of information that has continually inspired me. Out of print now, my copy I treasure and still love reading it.
Recently, a minor character in my short story (or novelette) took on a mind of her own and was conversing quite beautifully with the protagonist. “Whoa!” my critique group said. They advised deleting part of her conversation, changing it in a major way. That’s my favorite passage, I thought. But our critique group’s rules frown on arguing the point. Finally, I agreed and worked in the changes.
Somewhere I have heard or read that a good rule to follow is: cut your copy even in the sentences you first believe are your very best! Listen to your reader. After all, isn’t your reader the person to whom you are writing?
© 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols
- Excerpt from my story (freedanichols.wordpress.com)