Before you give me a list of all the fabulous novelists who were also fabulous actors, I am, of course, referring to MY writing. Though, it is worth noting that when I Googled ‘famous authors who were also actors,’ the fifth result was ‘List of people from Staten Island.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Staten_Island Honest. Try it. My wonderful, teacher, Lori Devoti (not giving you a link this time. You can look that up, too), once said to me “You have a theatre background, don’t you?” She did not mean that as a compliment. The thing is, the actor gets set designers and costumers who tell the audience what the play looks like, a playwright to give them the dialogue, and a director who tells them where to go and sometimes even how to say their lines. Note to directors: Please don’t do that. We really, really hate it. So writers have to do all the work themselves, which isn’t fair, but life isn’t fair. The improvisor doesn’t get any of that either, but nobody cares. Fast! Funny! This is more or less true, unless you are doing a Harold. Please don’t.
Month: April 2014
SPEAKING OF GOOFSStandard
I left out the word ‘is’ after ‘I think this.’ It might be acceptable if I were writing in the 16th Century (note correct use of ‘if’ and ‘were’), but I’m not, and I’m glad. I rest my case.
THEORETICALLY GOOD, BUT NOT ESPECIALLY PRACTICAL, THINGS WRITING TEACHERS SAY. #2Standard
Do not submit a manuscript until you are certain there are no spelling, grammar or punctuation errors. An agent may reject it on that basis. I think this absolutely correct, goal-wise, and absolutely unlikely to be achieved. First, does anyone honestly believe that an agent would say “This novel has great commercial potential. Wait, what? A misplaced comma on page 100? Into the trash!” And let us also remember the opening line of Bubbles, Beverly Sill’s autobiography. “When I was only three, and still named Belle Miriam Silverman, I sang my first aria in pubic.” Can you find the mistake? It’s a seriously awful one, and no editor caught it.