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A Post About Trusting Your Reader

Today's post, "Trusting Your Reader," can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog I maintain with fellow fantasy writers Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and C.E. Murphy.  This post is the first of two or three that I'll be doing at Magical Words over the next couple of weeks on the relationship between writers and their readers.  I hope you'll visit the site and enjoy the post.

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davidbcoe
Jun. 8th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Laura! Good to hear from you! Hope you're well and that work and life are treating you kindly.
kmarkhoover
Jun. 8th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
This was probably the single hardest lesson I had to learn in my growth as a writer. It's difficult to believe it can be true because it's not intuitive. When you're starting out in this business you figure you gotta make things obvious and apparent for the reader. So in my case that meant a lot of over-writing.

I look at really old stuff I did twenty years ago that's 10K words and now I realize I could write the same story at 5k or 6k. It's hard to believe, but when you finally buckle down and "trust the reader" the writing improves immeasurably. Anyway, it did for me.
davidbcoe
Jun. 8th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
That's a terrific comment, Mark, and one that would be very helpful for the folks at Magical Words to see. Would you be willing to copy/paste it into a comment at the MW site?
kmarkhoover
Jun. 8th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for asking. I'll do it.
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