#38 – Walk On The Wild Side


As I press on through National Novel Writing Month (behind schedule), two concepts recently explored in BriteLites synergize.

One: Write a Mission Statement for the novel of about twelve words.
One: Know that: If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet,
then you must write it.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.
Robert Frost

With NaNo nearly two-thirds finished, I give up on the notion of directing this story. Characters have been constructed. But what my practical-planning mind produced has been replaced by intuitive impressions insisting that I forget about leading and follow.
I surrender! As long as these characters reach Martha’s Vineyard and generate some drama-trauma that is resolved, the journey keeps dissolving my concerns about a 50,000-word pile of pulp. The need to know what happens next trumps.

Guy de Maupassant

Through this series that revisits 19th century authors, BriteLitesBiz invites discussion of topics that remain important to WordSmiths. The intro stated,

Although Henry James one time observed that “in dissertation M. de Maupassant does not write with his best pen,” this discussion of the novel is one of the few really lucid essays on the subject.

Thank goodness!

Critiquing the Critic, Part 3 of 5

All writers, Victor Hugo as well as M. Zola, have claimed with persistence the absolute, indisputable right of composing, that is to say imagining or observing, according to their personal conception of art.  Talent springs from originality, which is a special manner of thinking, of seeing, of understanding, and of judging.

Now the critic who presumes to define the novel according to the idea he has formed from the novels he likes, and to establish certain invariable rules of composition, will always war against the artistic temperament that introduces a new manner.  A critic, if he is really to merit the name, should be only an analyst, without bias, without preferences, without passions; and, like a critic of pictures, should consider only the artistic value of the object of art submitted to him.  His comprehension, open to every impression, ought to absorb his personality so completely that he can discover and praise the very books which he does not like as a man and must evaluate as a judge.

But most critics are, in truth, only readers, from which fact it results that they nearly always reprove us on false grounds, or compliment us without reserve and without measure.

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