I get where Patti Smith is coming from in this quote: “In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.” And I think when I originally drafted my work-in-progress, I did approach my art with abandon.
But today, as I continue to revise, I’m feeling a bit stealthy as I sow bits and pieces of backstory throughout the first 50 pages of this middle grade novel. I need the reader to know certain things, but I don’t want the reader aware of my presence. I very much do NOT want those bits and pieces to scream
WARNING: HEAVY-HANDED AUTHOR ON THE LOOSE!
Instead, I’m trying my best to adopt this squirrel’s attitude.
No sudden moves. Only careful and deliberate revisions that I hope won’t call attention to my presence.
(Note: Patti’s quote resonates with me so much I previously used it here.)
2 thoughts on “Sunday Confessional: stealthy art”
I have actually eschewed info dumps in my own stories, and now look for ways to pepper important details like a ninja, or as Brandon Sanderson would put it, as a parent trying to hide vegetables in their kids’ meatballs. Wishing you fun with this one!
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Yes, those are great descriptions. Ninja and veggie-hiding. HA!
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