I had an epiphany during lunch. You see, I'm one of those terrible writers who use words ending in "ly" in all the wrong places. Like this:
"That was the greatest moment of my life", she said happily."
Yes, its attrocious, and having been told about it recently, I know I shouldn't do it. But I hadn't yet had the opportunity to "really" learn the lesson. Today I was sitting at lunch reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (a great book I'm enjoying, by the way), and I started paying attention to how the words were structured. I was still reading along, still following what was there, but it was the first time I really SAW how writing should be done. I know I can be blockheaded at times, but wow. I don't know how it is that I have missed what is so obvious before, but all of a sudden I started seeing so many things I could be doing better.
Another thing I struggle with is dialogue. I find myself too often trying to come up with a dozen ways to say someone is talking rather than showing them talking. Like so:
"It's about time you got to this", he said.
"Hey, I was working on it as fast as possible", she replied.
"Yeah, well your work isn't fast enough", he yelled.
Yep, pretty boring writing. It was rather nice then, to notice how real dialogue SHOULD be described rather than my usual attempts. That's not to say that suddenly I'm going to be able to sit down and fix all of my little foibles. But at least for a moment, I was seeing structure and flow in a way I hadn't before. I have a much better grasp now on what has previously eluded me. With a little work and practice, I'll be able to go home today and weave it into my current projects. I'm not promising of course that an "ly" won't slip in there somewhere. But hey, it's a start.
Have you had moments of insight like this where the lightbulb finally shines?