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91058, RE: No such thing as perfect
Posted by RavenCorbie, Sun Jul-01-12 11:26 AM
That's interesting. I've found that my critiques have gotten a lot more helpful to me (and hopefully the writer) since I stopped reading them as a critiquer and started reading them as a reader. Maybe my critical side is overdeveloped, and my "reader" mode is a balance?

What do you consider to be prose flaws and infelicities? If you're talking about grammar/proofreading, he does do that afterwards, but doesn't critique the writing. If you're talking about making the sentences flow better or sound better or something, then he would say you're taking your voice out. I don't know if I agree with him on that because I really like beautiful prose and don't think that it has to "kill" the story. I also think it varies depending on genre: I don't think (but could be wrong) that he writes a lot of literary fiction, so that could inform his bias - I think literary fiction (as well as genre novels with a literary bent) does need to concern itself with prose. The question becomes then: how do you evaluate and improve your prose without taking out the voice? Maybe this is addressed in the book you recommended, but that's my personal biggest fear when it comes to fixing prose.

And yeah, I don't think I could work the way he does, either. I've put Cheney's book on my wish list - thanks for the recommendation!