I've found that over this time that there's an external me. This other me sees what I'm doing, watches what others are doing, comes up with what I'm doing wrong (supposedly), and what I'm doing right. Mostly I don't listen. Or really, I fail to hear, until, ten posts down the road, I kick myself, realising that my inner teacher had already said that stuff. I should have been taking notes. Well, I did start taking notes. It has helped me a lot; I have more form in my writing, my writing is clearer 'visually', I sound less stupid and more 'emotive' than I have been in the past. It's a good thing. I really have a desire to be good at this thing, and by extension, at writing all that fiction that I've been dreading finishing all these years.
I thought I'd share some of my notes that I've taken down over time, so maybe someone could benefit from them, or at worst, see exactly what not to do to avoid being anything like me! Hahaha...yeah. I'll just bore whoever bothers to read these with one item at a time, so please comment if you have any ideas to share.
#1: Simple, clear, simpler, & clearer. I've noticed, over the years, that I and my fellow bloggers (mostly the "I" in the equation), try to get fancy with things. It's a really big temptation. In the film crowd we read a lot of pro reviews, by guys like Roger Ebert, or Leonard Maltin (etc.), and it's SO tempting to try to 'cop' their voices. I see it all the time really (especially in the dreaded comments section on DVD releases on Amazon.com). They usually read like this:
"While maintaining its status as journeyman director Oliver Hunt's flagship series, the ubiquitous excesses and shallow conceits contained within each entry are overwhelming in the extreme."
It's a real pitfall for the earnest scribbler. The problem is that 90% of the people that use it don't know how to use it correctly, and what's more, they are unaware of that fact. Here's the problem: a thing that I've learned since joining the 'floggerverse' is that film bloggers are generally pretty smart folk. When reading a film post, a great many are going to know that someone is using a word incorrectly, or out of context, etc. I see it all the time. Why take the risk? Simple, clear, simpler & clearer. Honestly, when I look back at some of what I've written sometimes, I ask myself, "hey, buddy...does that sound like you?". Most of the time it doesn't.
What I want the most from writing before I die is to be able to write in my own voice. I've never once said "titular", or "eponymous", or "trope" out loud...in spite of knowing what they mean. :)
Thanks for reading, if indeed, heh, anyone has. Please share ideas or disagree if so inclined.