Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain
I didn’t realize how much I swore in my head. I don’t swear often out loud, alone or otherwise, but while I was writing the profanity just appeared on my paper. When reviewing what I had just written I was like, wow, that really came out of me?
Needless to say, I revised a lot of it where the word seemed unnecessary, left it in where the word made sense. But I was surprised, so when I saw this quote it made me laugh and remember my first draft. Only it would have been the other way around for me, replace every damn, fuck, bitch, etc., with very, just, really, and actually and I’d get almost the same outcome.
Ok, so this was a glimpse into my mind as I’m writing. Currently, I’m working on my second novel. The first one, Flashback To The Dragon, is back to the publisher for phase two of the edit process, so I can turn my attention to the second one, Flashback To The Mosquito.
Now a mosquito is not quite as impressive or frightening as a dragon, but I read and researched the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet which plied the waterways from early 1800 to the 1950’s and my interest was piqued enough to put the word mosquito in my title, and to name a boat The Mosquito in my story. Hence the working title.
Will it remain, I’m not sure. I waffled back and forth about the dragon. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson was brought up by someone who reviewed the book, and I started doubting my use of the word dragon. Apparently, the original Swedish title of Mr. Larsson’s book was Män som hatar kvinnor, which meant men who hate women. If it’s true, I did not know that.
In the end, the dragon won out. In my head, it was always a dragon. Dragon’s can be a symbol of beauty while being evil, and I love the mystique behind dragons and dragon slayer stories.
I’m done rambling for today. Back to writing.