Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Illuminating Words

Yesterday Editorial Ass had a great post about Toni Morrison; Toni changed 17 words in her new novel, A Grace, and called it a major rewrite.

How much power is there in just a few words? Let’s find out. Grab the book nearest you, turn to page 88 and read the eighth sentence. Then post it in the comments section here. Writers: bonus points if you use material from your own manuscript!

13 comments:

Christy Raedeke said...

Uncle Li and Dad are talking with Mrs. Findlay, who has her hands way up inside some large brid, stuffing it for tonight's dinner.

Anonymous said...

You're freaking me out! I grabbed a book I'd stopped reading, turned to page 88 and there was my lost Starbucks card! Clearly a sign from above that I need to spend the day at Starbucks finishing this terrible novel.

Eight sentence on 88th page:
"I think you and I should go to lunch today."

Also freaky because that's what I'd say to you if we didn't live thousands of miles apart!

CDG

Anonymous said...

"Kill it!" a child screamed, and a stick or knife jabbed Heath in the back.
Hard Truth, by Nevada Barr is the book I'm reading. Sounds awful, doesn't it?
Mom

Katie said...

"Things felt like they were finally beginning to come into focus."

Hmmmm....

Christy Raedeke said...

CDG - Glad I could help out. Maybe I've perfected remote viewing without even knowing it!

Mom - You need to get some knder, gentler books.

Katie - Is this from your own ms?

John said...

Sadly, I'm at work. Thus:

"Follow the same process as defined in step 1."

(First time post, by the way, but I've been enjoying your blog for awhile now...)

~ John

Anonymous said...

"So, the Scarecrow followed him and was admitted to the Great Throne Room, where he saw sitting in the emerald throne, a most lovely Lady."

When's the last time you read Wizard of Oz ??

diane

Christy Raedeke said...

Mystery John! I don't know who you are but Thank You for being a regular visitor! Do you have a blog we can check out?

Diane - Um, sad to admit, but never... As all the dumbs**t's say, "Loved the movie, though!"

Katie said...

Yes, my love. It's from my wicked cool paranormal YA.

Christy Raedeke said...

Well then Katie, I think we must interpret this as a wicked cool paranormal indication of how your wicked cool paranormal YA novel is coming along...

Love it.

jennie said...

"Be Ready."

Wow! Good advice for anything!

bluelikethesky said...

"Aren't those the exact same words you used last time I asked you?"

(Martin Amis, Heavy Water)

I don't know....are they?

GREAT post!

Kelly

John said...

Hi Christy,

Thanks for asking, there are two actually. Well, sort of.

Er.

One is geekuniversalis.com, which is more of a blog-like blog.

The other is ashlandlink.com, which I'm still tinkering with. It's research for that site that led me to your blog. :)

~ John