Learner Writer

In Music, Picture Books, Reading, Stories, Writing on Jun 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

I am Still LearningOver a year ago I wrote about taking the plunge. The plunge was writing.

I mentioned Maurice Sendak. It was his birthday a few weeks ago. He is now no longer with us, but his Wild Thing words remain, having lifted from picture-book pages to enter the heart and mind so fully, they there have been times when they have sung me out of dreams and sleep.

There’s a music to Sendak’s writing that you can’t find in the grammar books. It is, I believe, akin to what Stephen Fry calls “sound-sex”.

Stephen Fry doesn’t mind a play on words. He has a great comeback to pedants who are more fussed with correctness than connection through written language:

“If you don’t like nouns becoming verbs, then for heaven sake, avoid Shakespeare. He made a doing-word out of a thing-word every chance he got.”

Sometimes, pedants get the better of us who are keen to create something new.

The challenge remains, to play with words in such a way that they connect while they impart meaning. To create sentences that linger. Are remembered. That make the reader think. Again.

  1. Di, that is wonderful advice. So succinctly and beautifully given, as always.

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