Working on My Literary Skills

Zombies Practicing

I’m playing with something interesting right now. There are writers who are incredible at the actual prose. Now, I’m not one of them, I’m okay, at least I think I’m mostly okay, occasionally going into good, and sometimes dropping into crap.

I would like to be one of those writers who’s good. Genuinely good at prose. To make that happen, I’m trying to read a lot of writers who I think are incredible at the craft of writing. Stephen King has a gift for character and story, but not an amazing gift for prose, so despite being wildly popular, he’s not who I’m looking at. Cormac McCarthy is probably the top one I’m looking at, but Elmore Leonard, Irvine Welsh, people like that. I’m not claiming I will get to their level, but I would like to be at least better than I am right now.

It’s going to mean a lot of exercises for me as well, so I’m trying to craft a curriculum for myself, books to read, activities to do, etc. It’s a bit of work, but then again I have been taught to do this sort of thing for the last several years. Now I’m the student, but that’s the only change.

I know that it will take time, of course it will. To be great at something, and great is my goal, you have to put in time and work.

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