August 26th, 2010


On the Growth of One's Soul - Kurt Vonnegut

This quote might be a repeat -- I'm feeling too lazy to check right now.

According to Kurt Vonnegut, "The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow."

After reading the lj daily writing prompt, I promptly but flaccidly take a journey into the Fantasy and SF world, in the tradition of Vonnegut's Dead Eye Dick, and Asimov's Fantastic Journey in which the MC's soul, now an actual bodily location, develops cancer and begins to grow exponentially.

PS: A contributing influence is the column on writing by Ginny Wiehardt -, About Fiction Writing that recommends that we do an exercise that will help us control run-away modifiers, through the device of writing something with absolutely NO adjectives or adverbs. I seem to be feeling somewhat perverse this morning.

(Here's the part about the writing exercise)
A Day Without Modifiers (note to self: look up how to link to[second note to self: also, coincidentally, the location of the delightful quote that led to this post in the first place)

(Note to self: This is the direct quote from the column - decide how best to make it look like that in blog.)
For this week, we have an exercise to tighten up prose. While overwriting is a common mistake of beginning writers, even old hands can fall into bad habits where adverbs and adjectives are concerned. This exercise, by forcing you to hold off on modifiers altogether, will challenge you to reconsider modifiers, and work harder for your verbs.

(Here's the part about the writing prompt)
The table has turned

(Note to self: This is the direct quote from the prompt - use the same solution to display that is used for the meat of the writing exercise, whatever that might turn out to be... View first solution repeatedly before bothering to format second)
The answer is: Because it was interfering with my love life. What's the question?

Answer View 474 Answers) [note to self: link to]