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My friend Socrates Adams has this excellent story, Wide and Deep, up at Metazen. It's really short and very simple and incredibly poignant. I think it fits into the category of 'things I shouldn't be reading while enormously pregnant.' Kind of like watching all the Alien films back-to-back, like I did a couple of weekends ago. But Alien just made me look at my own belly in terror; Socrates' story nearly had me crying. Check it out.

Then there's this brilliant article about police crime reports that explores precision of language and the way that influences how your story is read and interpreted. When you're writing a scene, how does your choice of words subtly imply a position, a moral stance, an opinion, without you being too explicit about it? Here, Ellen Collett talks about the 'alchemy of inflection' - how the tiny accretion of detail through language filters, changes and ultimately makes your story. Good stuff.

And here are Mitchell and Webb tackling ignoramuses. Mwuahaha.

8 comments:

Sarah Hilary said...

Thank you for these links. I loved the story and the police writing article was fascinating. Tweeting both!

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks!

Bernadette said...

That is a marvellous story, Valerie. Thanks for linking to it, even if it did make me feel terribly sad!

However, M&W soon fixed that - one of my favourite sketches of theirs.

Valerie O'Riordan said...

I'm glad you liked it! The M&W is definitely a good anecdote. As is Father Ted. But there aren't any grammar jokes there...

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Anecdote! I've gone mad. I meant antidote. Mitchell would have shot me. The shame!

Minty Montague said...

I couldn't trust myself with anything emotive (I'm a wuss) BUT the Mitchell and Webb - bonkers. I love a good laugh, me.
Thank you!

Valerie O'Riordan said...

It made me laugh!

Valerie O'Riordan said...

(Mitchell and Webb, that is, not Socrates' story...)