Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How Often Do You Revise Your WIP?

Funny how random things are.

I was formatting a booklet of one of my Mall Demons chapters for my students. I was having problems formatting the pages. I ended up having a space in the text box needing to be filled. It was a paragraph-sized hole. In other words, an extra paragraph of dialogue, narration, something would make the document ready for printing.

So... I added a paragraph. But after printing, I couldn't stop there. I scrutinized the chapter, grabbed my favorite red pen and began marking up the print out.

I was still adding red marks on my 45-minute subway ride home. On the couch - once I'd changed into comfy night clothes - I pulled out a clipboard, and marked some more. 

I put the chapter down because I had to ask myself, "Was I changing it needlessly?"

I don't have an answer, but I wonder if anyone can relate?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stephen King and Film Adaptations

Have you ever read "The Body" by Stephen King? Maybe you've watched the movie, "Stand By Me."

It's a good place to begin a discussion on whether movies should be faithful to the original works of fiction they get their stories from.

We've all seen movies that we've thought were pale comparisons to their original literary works. Why is that?

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