February 25th, 2005

Illustmaker me

Dragon meme

Nicked from imadra_blue:

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Still not in a writing place. Getting concerned about this. I knocked out a couple of paragraphs of a vignette with Luna and Colin in it, but couldn't get much further.

Oh, well. I'm off tomorrow. I will write.
Illustmaker me

Purple vs. poetic... where do you draw the line?

Over at fanficrants, a poster complained that in Smallville fics, Clark apparently frequently "smells like sunshine." (Post here.) There's much discussion of sunshine not having a smell, which I agree with, but it did get me thinking about using imagistic language in prose.

I remember in an undergrad writing class (Intermediate, I think), I used imagistic prose (described the sunset on a lake as looking like the surface had been clawed and was bleeding gold, if I recall), and someone said--with approval--that I should write poetry. This confused me, as I don't see a reason why metaphor, simile, and just general imagistic writing shouldn't be perfectly normal in prose writing. At the same time, you don't want to cross the line into purple prose. But where is the line?

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