23rd January, 2011

I came across this piece of writing advice yesterday:

“Your opening shows great promise, and yet flashy purple patches; as when describing a sacred grove, or the altar of Diana, or a stream meandering through fields, or the river Rhine, or a rainbow; but this was not the place for them. If you can realistically render a cypress tree, would you include one when commissioned to paint a sailor in the midst of a shipwreck?”

So says the Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65–8 BCE) in his Ars Poetica, giving us the definition of purple prose. Sounds like a smart dude.

The Wasp in the Lotus is nearing the climax… still. The main character and her captor are sitting around threatening each other at the moment, but any second now the action will start. Any second.

See? This is why we edit after we have written draft 0.

Project: The Wasp in the Lotus (steampunk/clockpunk novella)
Words today: 2,067
Words total: 17,812/20,000 (89%)
Total words for 2011: 42,293

Did somebody mention purple prose? As much as I hate giving up on a book, I couldn’t take The Culled any longer and have switched to Death’s Disciples by J. Robert King. The relief, as they say, was palpable.

Books: some pages of Death’s Disciples by J. Robert King.
Comics: On hold until February.