I have been captured by a book and promise to write more fully when I’ve finished it, but I just need to share that he’s giving me heart palpitations, that scoundrel, its author.
Why? Because Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind, is shaking my foundations as a newbie writer. He’s shaking the conventions which I keep reading I ought respect.
“Show, don’t tell,” they admonish. “Abandon exposition and never write chunks of backstory, for they are info dumps and kill the reader,” I’m told. “And whatever you do, don’t emulate the writing you love. Find your own style within you.”
Well shoot me with a brick.
Just to help you with a visual for the day, I’m presently pointing at the book in question–the brilliant, utterly rivetting, heart-rending and fraught-with-tension novel in question–and I say unto you, “BUT HE DOES IT SO WELL!!!!!”
Oh lord. He does it so well.
I can sense my next post will be on voice, tone and style. And on shuddering elbows, naturally. If you haven’t read this book, please for the love of all that’s incredible, pick it up sometime.