This is particularly true in my case, as I have a simple, precise style and my first drafts are rather minimalist. (Are you that way, a fellow Hemingway? Or are you a Faulkner?)
But what does “going deeper” mean? What’s the difference between going deeper and adding fluff?
Writing is never easy, and it’s not something you can do alone: you will always need beta readers and editors to help you fill in holes and iron out the excess.
Still, there are general ways I find myself taking a draft “deeper” before I ever send it off to beta readers.
- I CUT DOWN ON WHAT FEELS SUPERFLUOUS. A book can only have so many words, after all, and you…
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Since this is hypothetical I am going to assume that I am winning a very big cash prize!
1. Buy a house! We live in a very cramped apartment right now (60 square meters). In my dream home my husband would have a wood-working shop complete with tools and lumber. I would have a yoga studio. The house would be decorated with furniture my husband made and with our art (like our apartment in Asheville where we made almost everything). The kitchen would be spacious and have plenty of storage since we cook a lot. And since I have a daughter, who will become a teenager eventually, I feel certain that we would need two bathrooms haha
2. Give back. My husband and I have discussed how we’d like to give money to our families (as soon as we our able to with or without winning the lottery). Right now…
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It was that way right from the beginning, I’m sure. Carvers in stone, makers of runes, scribes in papyrus and parchment, right up to workaday paper — Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English — Making books is weary WORK, not glamour. Don’t take my word for it; here is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of, among many other long works, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera:
“Ultimately literature is nothing but carpentry. Both are very hard work. Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Both are full of tricks and techniques. Basically very little magic and a lot of hard work involved.”
Carpentry! But people persist in regarding writing…
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