Posts Tagged ‘shakespeare’

Hamlet should’ve read better books!

In Weekly report on 23 May 2009 at 21:03

I’m particular about something when I write; the reader shouldn’t notice the language. If your reader exclaims

“Words, words, words”

when someone ask what when he or she is reading, then you’ve failed as an author. Your language, the words you are writing, is your reader’s window to the story, and it’s in the the story you should put most of your effort.

Having said that you should know that I find the language is extremely important. Not only because I know editors at publishing houses looks for a “personal voice” but also since bad language gets in the way of the story – much like a badly cleaned window. I learned this lesson definately this spring while reading my fellow writers’ work at my creative writings course. One of us was a bit nervous about her story and spent hours pondering over every word. I think she must have shuffled the letters around  at least three times before she left us her draft.

The effort showed. Her work was  clearly on a level above the rest of us – just because of her thorough approach to her words. And no – you didn’t notice her language while you where reading the text. The story was written in first person, so the only thing you did hear was the particular voice of the main character telling her story. I want to write like that when I grow up!

So, let’s do the math.

Word count: 716

-handwritten: 716

-computer: 0

Chapter mindmaps: 0

Content mindmaps: 0

Character mindmaps: 0


Research: 103 (#2)

Gardening blog updates. 4

Current projects: 2

Subprojects: 1+5

Expected celebrity visits: 1

Cold from Hell: A raging flu – ew!

I haven’t had the strength to be productive this week – on the other hand I’ve been tired enough to comfortably read books. I guess it evens out in the end.


Would the play end differently if Hamlet read better books? I don’t know. Seems to me that Shakespeare had some troubbles with endings – if it’s a comedy everyone  makes even, hugs, laughs and sings a little tune, if it’s a tragedy everybody dies, preferably violent and splattery. Hamlet would probably still kill and be killed since the play is a tragedy, but perhaps he’d be a bit happier in the meantime.