Monday, February 14, 2011

A Perfect Battlefield

Robert Henri, Girl Seated by the Sea, 1893

“The picture that looks as if it were done without an effort may have been a perfect battlefield in its making.” 
–Robert Henri

Henri’s quote applies as well to writing. It is up on my wall with this gem by Nathaniel Hawthorne: “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” Allow me to paraphrase. You can’t make magic without work. We all know it is true. So, for the rest of February, I’d like to have a discussion about the work.

On my critique group’s blog, we’re posting about our writing processes. Today I shared my process as a twelve-step program for novel writing. Which leads me to ask, what is your process for making magic? 

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