Hi! Do you remember blogs? Well, this used to be one. Now it just serves as an archive for my multiple Twitter accounts.

25 February 2004

Elmore Leonard’s ten rules for writers (via BB). I feel like this obsession for going straight to the point (“being invisible”, as he puts it) is typically American. I don’t know literature enough to assert it, but it sounds logical: in France, being a writer isn’t about telling stories to the widest audience, but having a writing style that other writers can fall in love with. Just like with movies.

Where do I fit in there? As I already said recently (I think), I found out from blogging — and comparing my prose with the other blogs — that I’m much more concise than I ever thought. Even more so now, with two years of writing experience behind me (I opened this blog as a training, and it did work). But I still do like “the sound of my voice” a bit, and I can hardly imagine making myself completely invisible, hidden behind that plot and characters. I want to be seen. Otherwise I wouldn’t blog, or contemplate writing, etc. I suppose that (if I ever finish a manuscript, or if I ever start one for that matter) I’ll stand at an intermediary level. I like that, it works for me, it works for everyone. It looks like a compromise, and people love compromise.

But I don’t think I can ever live without adverbs.

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