… Blogging from A to Z
By Jeff Salter
April is A-Z Blogging, something I’d never even heard of until we assembled our schedule for this year. I didn’t get all the letters I wanted, which bums me a bit … but hey, I’m willing to share the alphabet.
Today is E and E covers just about Everything.
Easy — One of my pet peeves is hearing people say (or having them imply) that writing must be easy. You know — how hard could it be to write a poem, short story, novella, or novel? Easy. Right. I’ve heard some authors say something to this effect: “If writing seems easy, you’re doing it wrong”.
Exacting — is how your hook has to be worded. You’ve got maybe 75 words to ‘hook’ that agent, editor, and publisher. And your 200 word blurb also must be precise: give away only enough of the story to make the sale, but not enough to spoil anything.
Electronics — hallelujah that we’re no longer imprisoned by manual typewriters, carbon paper, and hard-wheel erasers. Word processing makes manuscripts an entirely different process than they were for the 100 years prior to about 1980. Does anyone now writing have any idea what it was like to re-type an entire manuscript to fix your last round of revisions? Then type it again completely when you had to delete a character or add a scene? Then type it two or three (or four) more times to get a copy clean enough to mail to anybody?
Eloquent — how I want my writing to appear when I’m getting all literary. It’s how I want ME to seem when / if anybody interviews me. Ha.
Emotion — is what you want to Evoke in your readers. If your scene is scary, you want them afraid. If it’s funny, you want them to laugh. If it’s sad, you want their tears.
Extravagant — is how you want the praise from reviewers. “This is the best novel of the 21st Century … indeed, of ANY century.” LOL
Elusive — are the agents (when you’re seeking representation) … and the contracts (when you’re trying to get published).
Editing — this word is close to home because I’m presently in the middle of the editing stage for my book which will be released this month (Astraea Press). Of course, I’ve edited before – a lot, in fact – professionally in journalism and less formally in most of my library career. But editing your own stuff is very difficult, which leads me to the next word:
Errors — when Editing, you keep finding errors … as though somebody sneaked in last night and sprinkled the wrong words, extra punctuation marks, additional spaces, and whatevers. Once you fix all those, somebody else sneaks in when you’re not looking and adds NEW mistakes. Errors are like fire ants, no matter how many you smush, there are a dozen more ready to take its place. And they sting!
E-mail — without this breakthrough, we’d be back to the pre-addressed acknowledgement post card which takes nine days to come back … and the S.A.S.E. for their form rejection letter. Ha.
Elation — when you receive ‘the call’ (which might be a text or an e-mail) from an agent or publisher or editor. They want your stuff. What you’ve written has some external value. Wow.
Empty — that feeling a writer has when nothing is coming out right … or, indeed, nothing is coming out at all. Like the creative tank is empty … or so close to empty that you’re writing on fumes. If you can even assemble two words together.
Question: What other ‘E’ words can you think of?