Viewing the World as a Writer

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  1. Tracy Brisendine
    Tracy Brisendine January 17, 2014 at 7:53 am .

    Great Blog post, Sean!
    I can relate, now that I’ve taken fiction writing classes and started paying attention to prose as a I read and write I’ve become much more critical.
    Back in the day *cough* (Showing my age here :P) I used to be able to read a craptastic book and still enjoy it…Now…I cringe and roll my eyes until I’m so distracted by the piss poor writing I call it and stop reading. I kinda miss my lack of discernment, but maybe my writing has improved as a result. One can only hope.

    Thanks for sharing! – Cheers

  2. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek January 17, 2014 at 8:10 am .

    I hope to cultivate this more as I gain experience and confidence. I too went to DU for an MA (not in creative writing, however). A very good experience. And I know this wasn’t entirely your point, but I envy that Sting concert. His music truly is so complex. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement to keep my writer’s eyes and mind open.

  3. Sean P. Curley
    Sean P. Curley January 17, 2014 at 8:12 am .

    Thanks Tracy. I do find myself giving up on many more books today that I would have in the past. Life’s just too short to waste time reading poorly written novels. :)

    1. Patricia Stoltey
      Patricia Stoltey January 17, 2014 at 8:47 am .

      I agree, Sean! I no longer read more than 10 pages of many novels I buy. But oh, the joy, when I crack open a book and find great writing, wonderful characters, and a story that pulls me right in.

  4. Julie Kazimer
    Julie Kazimer January 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm .

    HI Sean,

    Love the ‘view the world as a writer’ idea. Sometimes a hard concept to do. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Mark Stevens
    Mark Stevens January 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm .

    Well said ! I’ve been thinking along the same lines lately. My metaphor has been food. I’ve been trying to notice in what I read and also trying to be more intentional in what I write. This dish says ‘garlic’ or ‘lemon’ or, say, ‘lemon-basil.’ Something clear / distinct / bold. So, what is THIS scene? What is it’s point? Tension-building, character-building and, if it’s about a specific character, what is the MESSAGE I’m trying to send to the reader (underlying message). Anyway, that doesn’t really connect with your point, Sean, but maybe / sort of.

    1. Sean P. Curley
      Sean P. Curley January 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm .

      Interesting. Physical things like food seem to be an entirely new level of seeing the world as a writer. Do you consider how to describe a particular meal (or thing) or how to enhance an image of a meal with language.

      And yes, it seemed a little difficult to connect that last half of your comment with the blog entry. :)

      1. Patricia Stoltey
        Patricia Stoltey January 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm .

        It connected for me. Seeing the world as a writer means observing everything around us, and then picking the right words to interpret the things we see and feel, including food. Especially chocolate. :D

        1. Sean P. Curley
          Sean P. Curley January 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm .

          lol, and peanut butter!

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