February 8, 2015 at 5:29 pm #122
Whatever help you need, we’ll try to supply it. Of course, we’ll flub a few, but we’ve got a firm grasp on grammar (this is HUGE for all writers), on editing the manuscript, on the art of paragraphing, on what to expect when you’re doing a reading/signing, on public speaking. Try us. Very few questions would be too bizarre for us. There’s so much META-stuff when you’re a writer.
February 24, 2015 at 2:09 am #236
Okay, then, explain to me why writers do stuff like this: “Everything’s going to be okay,” she soothed.
That stops me whenever I see it. And it’s not working in service of your ideas to stop readers in their tracks. “Soothe” is a transitive verb and must be followed by a direct object. In other words, something or someone must be soothed. Like this: “Everything’s going to be okay,” she soothed the child [in the same, warm tones her own mother had applied like magic medicine for every scraped knee or ghost under the bed].
Or, “Never lean over the horse’s neck when you’re jumping,” she instructed.
Instructed is also a transitive verb, requiring a direct object. Whom did she instruct?
Are we losing the crush we should all have on our handsome grammar?
February 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm #237
Seems awfully nitpick, he reacted.
February 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm #238
February 24, 2015 at 7:52 pm #239
I don’t think rooting for proper sentence structure is nitpicky. Especially when the question involves something so basic as subject/verb/direct object.
Here’s one way I know: ANNA KARENINA does not have a single error in grammar.
Nor does EMPIRE FALLS, except in dialogue where errors in every day speech are common and appropriate.
That rule is SOMETIMES IN SPEECH; NEVER IN WRITING.
But, really, even in daily speech, who says “I’ll be down in a moment to soothe”?
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March 18, 2015 at 9:55 pm #322
You’re right: Russo owed you a better answer. Something like, in his case, “If it looks effortless, then my great efforts have paid off.”
May 9, 2015 at 2:27 am #454
What’s the deal anyway with Russo? I think he owes us another novel. No more memoirs.
June 8, 2015 at 6:51 am #490
I didn’t read the memoir, which dates way back to 2012. Bad?
Perhaps he wrote everything he had to write and didn’t want to start repeating himself.
June 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm #516
David: Your post must have arrived during the great LOST period of this website. I’m so sorry to be replying so tardily.
Yes, Russo’s memoir is bad. It’s based on the premise that readers by now are fascinated by him and must therefore be hungering for details.
But, I do like your idea about having run out of things to say. You’re one smart cookie.
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