This going to be one of those experiments to see where I end up at. So here I am at the beginning.
"It was a cold, dark and stormy night." This was the entry line for Snoopy's great all- american book.
Diligently Snoopy would sit atop his house pounding away at the keys, writing his book until writer's block would strike in mid sentence. Out of the carriage the page would be ripped and tossed to the four winds.
Day after day the famous hound would set on his, abode typewriter clicking away.
So many writers are like Snoopy, inspired, dedicated and sit at their writing desk placing words on to paper, or screens, That deadly moment strikes and blanks roll across the table to tumble onto the floor.
A book was published some years ago giving Snoopy some very sage advice. A group of published writers was approached to write advice stories for the frustrated writing beagle. There were about 50 essays from these writers that were put into the book. Each writer had a unique way of writing and each thought their style was the way for Snoopy to write.
They were Hollywood script writers, national magazine columnists, book authors and editors. Each person had their own way of presenting their words. One would do no rewriting at all another would revise so much a forest of trees would disappear in the rewrite. Each accomplished their goal though, their writing were published on a national level.
So Snoopy had his own advice book that others were making a few bucks from. I would guess Snoopy may still be talking with Lucy about the next book.
What i found interesting was all of the styles that were presented. Then I stopped and considered if there was only one editor for all these writers, what would happen to the unique writing style. Would writers become homogenized, all stories pretty generic and after a while bland.
The writer has a certain way of presenting their story and sometimes it does not appeal to the masses and an editor gets a hold of it and wants to appeal to the masses. what kind of changes roll out the editors blue pencil and rewrites. Verse and poetry is probably the touchiest for that is the writers soul coming out, most of the time but if it doesn't read well.... into the rejection envelope. Like poetry, prose has a beat, cadence that it takes on and the writer develops it as the style is refined. this cadence of the writer is what makes him/her unique.
So I guess my question to self...... is.... what drum am I marching to?
As Snoopy would say, "It was a cold, dark and stormy night."
Now I need to see if I can find that book.