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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.