Wednesday, April 30, 2008


"Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself."

Truman Capote

1 comment:

Jessica Ferguson said...

Well, here it is May 12 and I really miss your postings. I hope everyone is okay. If you can't think of anything to say... then I have a question you might answer.

In all your years of writing books, did you ever come up short in word count? In other words, where do you have a tendency to be too lean? I'm a lean writer--a real problem, as I see it. I struggle to make 70,000 words or more. My agent asked me to add 10,000 words to my 60,000 word novel and I tried but found myself just doing revision with no word increase. I know it can go to 70,000 words plus -- but someone smarter than I am (like an editor) will have to tell me where the book is lacking. All comments and suggestions welcome.