Tuesdays with Story
May 13, 2015
He said it . . .
“Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe. The timid fellow writes ‘The meeting will be held at seven o’clock’ because that somehow says to him, ‘Put it this way and people will believe you really know.’ Purge this quisling thought! Don’t be a muggle! Throw back your shoulders, stick out your chin, and put that meeting in charge! Write ‘The meeting’s at seven.’ There, by God! Don’t you feel better?”
– Stephen King (1947-), horror/sci-fi/fantasy novelist
Who’s up next . . .
May 19: Lisa McDougal (chapter 29, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (chapter, Stone), Mo Bebow-Reinhard (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Bob Kralapp (short story, part 2, “Flamingo”), and Jerry Peterson (short story, part 1, “Alone at the Hanging Treee”).
May 26: Jim Salimes (chapter 1, Tones of Home) and Ruth Imhoff (chapter 4, Bridge). (more…)