Evelyn's Blog for Aug 18, 2017 - EVERYBODY WANTS TO WRITE A BOOK

WHY NOT! But be ready for this pitfall:

The story goes like this. Oscar Wilde ("Portrait of Dorian Gray" and" Importance of Being Earnest")spent an entire morning editing a poem. By the end of the morning, he had removed one word, "and". After lunch, he returned to his editing. By the end of the afternoon, he returned to his editing. By the end of the afternoon, he had put back the "and". It was a typical day at work.

In my own case, I just stop at some point, knowing that another re-read will bring further changes (in taste, judgment and proportion). My God, I have only one life.

Here's another way of thinking about writing. I once shared THE STORY OF THE BLIND MAN, but now I bring it back to you with a new question.

A blind man in Glasgow, Scotland, was sitting in a public square with a cardboard sign that read, "I'm blind. Please help."

A young woman walked by and changed the words on his cardboard sign. Soon many coins were heard being dropped into the can.

The young woman had changed the man's sign to read,

"It's a beautiful day and I can't see it."

QUESTION: Would you have known how to edit the sign?"

A blind man in Glasgow, Scotland, was sitting in a public square wth a cardboard sign that read, "I'mblind. Please help." Not many coins were tossed into his coin can.

A young woman walked by and changed the words on his cardboard sign. Soon many coins were heard being dropped into his can.

This young woman had changed the man's sign to read:

"It's a beautiful day and I can't see it."

QUESTION: Would you have known how to change the sign?

NOTE; The age-old question is this: Does faction writing come with one's genes or is it learned?

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