RC!, on 12 April 2012 - 03:56 AM, said:
Meowth is good? I can't find a sample. >:c
Well, actually, I can't say that for certain. I just know his thread is the most viewed writing-only thread I've seen on this forum. It helps that a lot of his pieces are BCB-related. Mine are original fiction only (I don't like writing fanfics as a general rule, and if I do then I usually just use the universe, but not the characters).
I mean, as a testament to this--notice that most writing threads get a few posts... then die. I do my best to post in all writing threads just so they'll get an opinion that contains critique (as much as I like it when people say "I like this!" it doesn't help). I guess if your stuff is BCB related then you'll get attention, but otherwise it's probably best to post elsewhere. Or show it to me in a PM, I guess, if you want critique--/shot
I would read more popular, modern books if they didn't require so much commitent. It's hard to find a standalone book that's good.
Once again, I recommend Airman
by Eoin Colfer... although it might be a bit lower audience than you. But seriously, if you're really bored, give it a try~ Anyway, if the books are good enough, it won't feel like a commitment--reading should be enjoyable, and if done right you'll be loving every moment of it (and by "done right" I mean "choosing the right books").
The problem with classical authors is that they twnd to be too verbose, like Dickens. Christmas Carol was great, but Tale of Two Cities was a chore. However, if an author can make words sing, make words bend to their will, then I will receive far more pleasure from reading that than I will reading the more plot-based books. I guess that's why I like poetry.
"Purple prose." That's the writing sin you speak of. It's almost as bad (but not quite as much, in my opinion) as bad grammar. It's when you're overly wordy just for the sake of making your story seem better... and that's so lame. A story should speak for itself. It's nice to use vocab, but don't over-complicate it just to sound sophisticated.
There are two major kinds of stories: those that are plot-oriented and those that are lesson-oriented. The former is often geared towards age 15 and below while the latter is for the other end of the spectrum--although it can reach for all categories. And those that "make words bend to their will," as you put it, often fall in the latter category. Making a room "desolate and depressing" to signal the sorrow of its owner, to use one example. It truly is masterful use of the word, where it does what (in a very rare case) a movie or show or drawing cannot.