Wednesday, February 1, 2017

IWSG: Hannibal & Clarice

"Can you hear the lambs, Clarice?"

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop. This month, the question hoppers can answer is: 
How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Let me explain it this way:

In "Silence of the Lambs," Hannibal Lechter is always one step ahead of everyone else. He sees minute details others miss, he knows the truth behind everyone's character, and he capitalizes on anyone's mistakes. Clarice is generally left wide-eyed and bewildered at his evil but clever perceptions.

I have Hannibal the Editor, sitting on my shoulder at all times.

I've spent years studying writing craft to try to whip my writing into the best shape possible. It requires a critical eye and analysis from all sides--from the Big Picture to the smallest of details, like word choices that enhance tone. You know the phrase, "Kill your darlings"? Well, to help me write, I've basically created a serial killer of the written word. 

On the good side (if there is one), it's made me more in touch with my genre, my specific niche, what my writing tastes are, and what I want to write. 

On the bad side, I rarely take pleasure from reading anymore. Hannibal won't shut up. The littlest plot hole, characterization foible, cliche, or loss of continuity and Hannibal cackles in my ear, "Look, a mistake! Fix it. Take it out! KILL IT!" Of course, it's not my book to fix, but Hannibal doesn't seem to care. He's a serial killer after all...

This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It exists so the community of blogging writers can share and support each other, blog-hopping to cheerlead and commiserate. To find out more, visit: Insecure Writer's Support Group. Plus, check out the IWSG Website for lots of helpful info and links.
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