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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Wordsworth once wrote: "We murder to dissect." Have you ever read something that touched you to your soul? That you had to go back and re-read the writing again . . . again. You just couldn't get enough of the writing. This happened to me not long ago. The story took residence in my soul and wouldn't let go. I thought about it all the time. As a writer, I started asking myself, why am I so drawn to this writing? This setting? These characters? Slowly, I began to 'dissect' the story. Not as a reader, but as a doctor tying to find out what made this writing tick. How did this writer grab me into his world and didn't let me go till the last page? That's what I wanted to know. That's how I want to write my story. I sorted through the story by sentence, paragraph, page and chapter. I devoted any extra time I had to this project. I was determined to find some answers. And I did. I'm learning how great writers work their magic and how they make their story a wonderful experience for me, as a reader.

Happy Writing,


1 comment:

  1. I had a similar experience recently, although I don't think I dissected as deeply as you. I read The Hunger Games and kept reading while being very aware that I wouldn't have even picked up the book if it wasn't on my book club list. Why did I keep reading? Because I loved the main character. Why did I feel that way about her? That was my line of dissection.