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Writers, are you showing off or sharing? A way to kill your darlings


Re-blog today by the inimitable Roz Morris…

Nail Your Novel

fa5e3d4961d73a6701f7b74729d8ad29I’ve been reading Bill Bryson’s Notes From A Small Island and he describes a moment in an Edinburgh art gallery when he saw a father talking to his son about the difference between early and later Goya. Bryson says:

The man was describing the pictures with a fondness and familiarity that were truly heartwarming and the boy was raptly attentive to his every word. He wasn’t showing off, you understand; he was sharing.’

Showing off. Sharing.

It seems to me that this distinction could apply, not just to art appreciation or father-son conversations, but to art itself.

It’s hard to pin down what makes a piece of art effective, but one explanation could be this – an essential quality of transparency, of real communication. Whether it’s painting, dance, acting or writing, you forget it’s being accomplished through words on a page, or strokes of paint, or somebody dressing up and…

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2 responses to “Writers, are you showing off or sharing? A way to kill your darlings

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris September 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Inimitable! Gave me a chuckle. Thank you, as always!

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