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To Be or Not To Be? Every. Single. Verb.

Today’s re-blog is an inspiring tale of bringing a “failed” story back to life…

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zz-gummereBy Rebecca Gummere

To clarify, I am not making an existential argument here. I am talking about the very survival of your darlings – those stories you pour yourself out for, at the keyboard or the typewriter. The ones you spill onto blue-lined notebook paper. You know, your heart on the page.

If your writing goes anything like mine, sometimes you create something that, no matter what you do, insists on lying there pale and wan, devoid of life. You dash water on its face, exhale powerfully into what you hope is its mouth, apply pressure to its heart, and still the danged thing refuses to thrive.

Case in point: I worked and worked for several months on an essay that read as sooooo boringggggg and flat, and it absolutely shouldn’t have, because it was about the amazing pilgrimage I made to Geneva to tour CERN, home of the Large…

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2 responses to “To Be or Not To Be? Every. Single. Verb.

  1. Jane Watson July 2, 2017 at 9:56 am

    This is a wonderful post. It talks about something I am so aware of- that as writers we all have very important stories to tell but fear, the desire to avoid the pain of facing what is important, leads us write along the top of the surface. The stronger the fear the more we use the passive voice and skim across the surface instead of diving deep.


    • Alexander M Zoltai July 2, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Appreciating your extremely pertinent comment, Jane :-)


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