My Two Cents

Friday’s Itty Bitties — #10

by Jan 27, 2012Craft, Itty Bitties2 comments

Have you figured out yet that I’m a Yogi Berra fan?

Here’s another statement some have attributed to him:

“In theory, theory and practice are the same thing. In practice, they’re not.”

In theory, a person ought to be able to take a few good characters and an intriguing story line; mix them with generous dollops of authentic dialogue and smooth narration; stir in the zest of conflict; then taste, adjust seasonings and taste again, and create a best seller.

In practice, it takes a lot more practice. Theory’s fine, but if you don’t practice the techniques (and write, write, write), I figure the most you’re going to create is a novel that in theory could be a best seller, but in practice — nuh-uh.

This week end I’m off to practice. And practice some more.

How about you?

2 Comments

  1. Robin Spano

    And then there’s that undefinable thing – tapping into who you are to put some life on the page. Theory + practice + magic = great fiction. IMO

  2. Charlotte Morganti

    Hi Robin! Yes – magic!! May it always be part of our lives. And our writing.

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