[work in progress — Crys meets a rock star]

Excerpt on Tumblr: [work in progress — Crys meets a rock star]

I recently started playing with Tumblr, mostly to follow a few people whose posts I find interesting, and I discovered something: not only is it the perfect way to post work-in-progress clips, but also… there’s something about posting an excerpt out there in public that focuses the mind to good effect.

Moments after posting my first snippet (a favourite bit that I’d slaved over for ages), I spotted two egregious adverbs — you know I’m a defender of adverbs when appropriate, I don’t advocate killing them all, but these two were bad — “realized” twice in two lines, and one pointless tell that could easily be inferred without being said. (No, you won’t see them, because I fixed them right away.)

So I think I’ll keep doing this with both favourite bits and troublesome bits. It somehow helps me see them differently.

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2 thoughts on “[work in progress — Crys meets a rock star]

  1. Katie Cross says:

    I love posting my work to other people, like in a private FB message, and then allowing them to slaughter if needed. Once I got past my pride when I first started doing it, I loved it. It really helps refine your work.

    Another thing I’ll do is read it out loud to catch things that seem ok on paper but sound awful when stated. It’s caught a lot of things for me!

    • I’ve been sharing my work with a writing group for a while, so I’m no stranger to tough feedback (and it’s sometimes so needed). I guess there’s a lot of trust there, though, so maybe I’m not as hard on myself as I might be before sharing with group members. The idea of the snippet being available to random people I don’t know seems to really tighten up my inner editor.

      I really like the idea of reading aloud to catch things that sound off. I might have to read the whole thing aloud now. Thank you so much, Katie!

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