The Daily Distraction: Manuscripts, Saving Cats and Other Writerly Hitches
Posted on August 24, 2014
I know, I know! I had promised to resume publication of DARK FIBER, but … life caught up with me. Mainly good things, but nonetheless things that need my immediate and full attention. Like deadlines. Manuscripts that need to be finished. Other manuscripts that need to be revised. Books which need to be read.
In particular SAVE THE CAT, the book about writing that makes every other book superfluous. That’s actually not true, but I can vouch for it now: it’s pretty darn good and it generates a lot of ‘Eureka’ moments and Aha-Erlebnisse. It also revealed some of the most annoying black holes in my YA manuscript. A Very Important Person, who will remain unnamed for now, told me to have a peek at SAVE THE CAT. I did and when I read through I felt a scream bubbling up in me. Much like when Edvard Munch witnessed the setting sun that inspired him to paint The Scream of Nature.
This is what Munch scribbled down in his diary in Nice, January 22, 1892:
I was walking along the road with two friends
the sun was setting
suddenly the sky turned blood red
I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence
there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city
my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety
and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature
So my dear friends, while you walk on, I stand at my desk trembling with anxiety, sensing this infinite scream pass through me, while I fix the holes in my manuscripts.
One question for you! What is your favorite book on writing and why?