Good morning, the sun is shining and the school bus has gone. Time to turn my thoughts to writing again.
On the OU Advanced Creative Writing course we have been learning not only how to write drama and poetry, but also how to apply some of the techniques to our fiction and life writing. So I was wondering how many of you (especially those not doing the course!), do this either consciously or unconsciously.
Have you perhaps read books about story structure, such as McKees 'Story', which are often aimed at screenwriters? Do you envisage your novel in structured scenes, like a film script?
At the editing stage do you craft your work closely, looking at the impact of every word and phrase? Do you read it out loud to make sure the rhythm is right? Do you find that even subconsciously you sometimes include analogies, repetitions and rhymes for emphasis, as I do?
I'm interested in this, because I wonder how many of these techniques we actually apply without being aware of it and yet whether, if we try to do so deliberately, we can be in danger of overediting and making our work seem forced.
Over to you.