pat walters

freelance journalist in memphis

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Roy Peter Clark muses on his love of reading literary manuscripts, editing with pen and paper, and studying the ways writers revise:

Writers I know seem to fall into two camps. I’ll call the first one the Chip Scanlan camp, in which the master drafts quickly and then rewrites and rewrites until someone hits him over the head with a frying pan. Then there is the David Finkel camp, in which the writer works on the first sentence until it is just right, then the second sentence, so that drafting and revising become one. I’d describe the Clark camp as falling somewhere in the middle.

I don’t know where my camp is. I’m left thinking about ink and drawings, vision and shapes. What is the geometry of story?

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Written by patwalters

August 23, 2007 at 12:12 am

Posted in narrative journo

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