Margaret Fieland: Poetry and Prose

Show vs Tell

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 21st, 2008

One of the stories I worked on recently was a “retarget” of a story that I had originally intended as a picture book but decided would make a better story. After some comments by an editor I ended up rewriting the ending of the story and what had originally been one line became a whole other scene.

Then I was bothered by the end of a story I was reading in my critique group when another member said a few words and suddenly I realized– Good old show versus tell.

My original ending might have worked for a picture book because in my head I’d “seen” the final scene in pictures. Yikes! There it was — show vs tell, the old “half the story is in the pictures,” the whole nine yards.

But I couldn’t see it until I’d done it for myself. Just “telling” me about it didn’t click — I had to *do* it.

A Milestone

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 18th, 2008

I sold a short story for money, my first, to an ezine based in New Zealand. It’s a token payment, but I’m tremendously encouraged nevertheless. You see, it’s one of the milestones I set for myself. Hot diggety!

Oh, yes, and I’ve discovered I need to turn the lights on to be able to see the keyboard well enough to type. And here they told me I knew how to touch type ….

Write on

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 7th, 2008

So I’ve actually been pretty good at keeping to my New Year’s resolutions, both the writing and the non-writing. I have been working on my stuff and submitting, I have been reading poetry and stories.

And I have been exercising. Absolutely amazing. It’s finally beginning to make a difference.

I realized recently how much more comfortable I am writing poetry than I am writing stories. I feel I have a better handle on when a poem is really working than I do a story. This should be no surprise considering how much longer I’ve been working at the poetry writing than I have at writing fiction. I just keep reminding myself that ‘practice makes perfect’ — or anyway, better.