I am supposed to be keeping a journal as I read my two books for class. I’ve been reading them, yes, but the writing I’ve been doing has not been here on the blog. Instead, I’ve been inspired to work on the umpteenth rewrite of my novel instead. Francine Prose has helped me to really analyze my sentences – not just the structure, but also their worth.
As a result, I’ve hacked away a bunch of superfluous sentences (Strunk and White would be so proud, as their mantra of “omit needless words!” sings in my head each time I press “delete.”). I think I’m finally getting to a place where I understand what is really integral to the story, and I know that cutting huge chunks of crappy writing is okay, because if I choose to replace those words, I will type in something much more meaningful instead.
So classmates, sorry I’ve been such a shitty blogger. I’ve been writing instead, and the Great American YA Novel thanks you for your patience!
Incidentally, I’m writing this on my iPhone at Pearl Cup, enjoying a latte and beautiful spring day while two girls discuss Neil LaBute plays at the table behind me. It is indeed a good day.