Saturday, September 12, 2015
WQ133 - #StopFranzen #Purity
Had a go at Iron Writer Weekend Quickie 133..
Find it here with others from Richard and Maureen...
Or read it here...(yes, Franzen kills words with sentences)...
"What are you doing, Richard?" asked his cohort in crime, Christina.
"What does it look like I'm doing?" He went back to the microscope.
Christina glanced over and saw Richard was examining a small piece of paper with words on it. Richard looked up and sighed.
"Oh, the boredom of it all. The hours I've spent reading and analysing and thinking and reading some more and contemplating and... and now I'm using a microscope to look at some of the words cut from a page, maybe there's something hidden, something I'm not seeing..."
"What, Richard? What are you not seeing?"
"Why 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen is on the Bestseller's list."
"Ah," nodded Christina.
"Why is this piece of putrid nonsense so revered over others less known? What has he got in his writing that we do not? What is the essence of his success?"
"Friends in big chairs and big cars?" said Christina.
"I'm missing something, Christina, there must be something here..." Richard went back to twiddling with the microscope.
"Look, Richard, do you really want to write like him? Do you really want to cheat any potential readers with meaningless twaddle and tripe? Just write, don't stoop down to his level."
"Yes... yes, you're right." Richard stood up and pushed the microscope away. "Thank you, Christina, I think I've made an important discovery today. Writing isn't about selling, it's about... writing," he said, leaving the room.
"Where are you going, Richard?" asked Christina.
"Where do you think I'm going?"