And now, the Corinthian as an infant.
I've been reading Jack Bickham's The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes, which cpolk once mentioned she liked. I like it a lot, too. It's actually not about mistakes; or rather, the 'mistakes' are presented in a context of what you should do instead. It's a book of positive precepts about fiction writing. As I read it, I keep thinking about the story I'm working on now—which I like less than I want to—and what I can do to fix it. And it makes me think about other stories I've written, and why they work or don't work, and about other writers' stories that I admire, and how they work. The emphasis is on large-scale story structures, plot, character, scene, opening, not on sentence-level writing. Which is good, that's what I need right now.
Useful book, I think. Thanks, Chelsea!
== kiza == (adjective-like noun which takes な) affectation, conceit, snobbery
|The left radical is 'hill'. Right is 'badge' (章), acting phonetically to express 'barrier'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Get badge for overcoming hindering hill.'|