Monday, October 25, 2010

Ring’s Secrets


“I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces.”
—Harold Ross (1892-1951), founding editor of The New Yorker.

Editor’s Note: Mad Libs?

PeezPix: Fall WalkOver the shoulder of the Wellsville in the last of the autumn sun.

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  1. I think we writer folk refer to that as outlining...

  2. Why you _________, that's ___________ I've ever _____________.
    —Jim S.

  3. Someones criticism of a book (I'm sorry I can't remember which or who's) said that it felt like they had ran the paper threw a shredder and then picked out words to make it into a book. It was that bad.

    I personally can't write with fill in the blank ideas. Probably the reason why I've only ever done partially completed short stories.

    Erica Abbott