The effects of formatting

I’ve been reading Satantango by L谩szl贸 Krasznahorkai, and it is formatted in an unusual way, in that it is basically a wall of text with no paragraph breaks. While this sounds odd, and annoying to read (it was at first) it gives the words a kind of overwhelmingness, and endless pressure and urgency that really adds to the story.

It’s interesting that the shape of the words can be such a big part of storytelling. The decision to leave out all paragraph breaks, even between dialogue, almost makes you feel trapped inside the text, just like the characters are trapped in the town in the story. The author also uses very long sentences, which makes it hard to stop reading, as if you’re just being dragged along against your will.

What other kinds of text effects do authors use?

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can’t write? edit!

I’ve been having some trouble creating lately… so I’ll delete instead! It’s been nearly a year since I reached the end of my novel, so it’s about time I started editing it.

So, I started… and I’m wondering if I’ve really improved that much in the past year, or if I was just blinded by creative juices while writing… because, there’s… so much to fix…

This will be a fun few months rewriting every other paragraph and deleting the endless procession of gerunds.

Wish me luck..

A draft!!

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I sent out my finished draft of The Observer to my writing group! Now, to await their ever useful feedback! It took a lot longer than I imagined to send it out, because every time I thought about doing it I would realize some other thing I wanted to change. I still have more things I want to add/change even now, but at some point, someone just needs to read the damn thing…

I wonder if that is a useful way to self edit… by imagining someone, or various specific people reading your work along with you…

DELETE

I’m in the mood to destroy words! I think I’d better not, though, until at least a couple other people tell me the targeted words are bad. Otherwise I might just erase everything…

The Observer second draft is finished!

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I have finished a first pass through of my novella, and fixed all the problems I had highlighted! Now to read it again and find a whole new slew of them (I’ve already found a few, sigh.)

I know it will never be ‘done.’ It will only ever be ‘good enough.’

But it is still frustrating noticing new problems. Why couldn’t I have noticed them before? Or while I was writing the damn thing?

But I guess that’s just not how it works.

The next step is to make a nicely聽readable word doc and get it out to my writing group to get some feedback! Also, I made a cover for fun (that’s it above) 馃檪

Looking forward to sending this out somewhere, sometime this year!

 

First story of the year

Not even out of the first week. A good sign!

Damn it feels good to be a writer.

Creation has been slowed due to all the editing I’ve been doing, so it is a much needed brain flexing to actually work on something new.

Now, back to the grind…

Oh my God the dictionary!

I started reading it… and am wondering why I never did this before. It’s like walking through a treasure-filled cavern and snatching up any glinting piece that pulls my eye. So many words! I wish I had a randomized version of the dictionary so that all my new words wouldn’t start with A, but here are a few I never knew, and that I especially like:

ab路at路toir聽 (1820) 聽聽 : SLAUGHTERHOUSE

abe路ce路dar路i路an聽 : one learning the rudiments of something (as the alphabet) abecedarian adj (1665) 聽聽 1 a : of or relating to the alphabet聽 b : alphabetically arranged 聽聽 2 : RUDIMENTARY

abu路lia聽 (ca. 1864) 聽聽 : abnormal lack of ability to act or to make decisions 鈥 abu路lic \-lik\ adj

ace路dia (1607) 聽聽 : APATHY, BOREDOM

And I’m only up to ‘ac’ 馃槷

What other discoveries await me?