June 8th, 2010

[custom] sky blue grass

wtf, skin?

I swear I'm breaking out worse than when I was a teenager. Even my zits have zits. It's DRIVING ME CRAZY. Argh.

ANYWAY. Moving on.

Tagged by sleepygoof8784, the book meme.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
6. Tag five people.

So I've got my laptop and I'm in bed right now. Ahh, comfycozy. The book on my nightstand ATM is Stephen King's On Writing, which was loaned to me by the ever-generous ennui_blue_lite. However, despite my best intentions, I haven't done much more than skim the introduction. /o\

So hey, now I get a sneak preview:


The timid fellow writes The meeting will be held at seven o'clock because that somehow says to him, "Put it this way and people will believe you really know." Purge this quisling thought! Don't be a muggle! Throw back your shoulders, stick out your chin, and put that meeting in charge! Write The meeting's at seven. There, by God! Don't you feel better?


Mr. King apparently has a bugaboo about passive voice. I don't. I think it's fine for beginning writers to avoid it, but I think that stylistically, the passive voice is just as powerful a tool as the active voice. I find a lot of writing advice is geared toward novices - a set of "rules" to follow to "make your writing better." Maybe for beginning writers, those kind of guidelines are helpful, but I think when you get to a certain point (e.g. every decent fanfic writer), they just become a crutch and hold you back.

IDK. What do you all think? Also, any recs on books about writing?

Let's see. Tagging: rivers_bend, ennui_blue_lite, silsbee329, jouissant, and geeky_ramblings. And anyone else who wants to do it!

In other news, I'm apparently insane because I'm contemplating doing kink_bingo and/or hc_bingo. Anyone want to be insane along with me? Come on, the world needs more kinky and h/c-y fic!