"The train tore along with an angry, irregular rhythm. It was having to stop at smaller and more frequent stations, where it would wait impatiently for a moment, then attack the prairie again. But progress was imperceptible. The prairie only undulated, like a vast, pink-tan blanket being casually shaken. The faster the train went, the more buoyant and taunting the undulations." ~ Strangers On A Train, 1950
If you'd like to grab your readers with writing like this and keep them enthralled, let's talk.
Bottom line, I do not see this as a “standard” I need or even want “to shoot for”.
In fact, I find the whole concept of shooting for a standard set by another writer, any other writer, limiting. That all but guarantees a mediocre career.
I would advise you to do a survey of the great American novel over the past 100 years or so. You might be surprised to see that the vast majority of best sellers and Pulitzer Prize winners, the stories that make the biggest impact on society, are not, always, original stories. But the truly great novels are the ones that are told in an original, authentic voice. That should be the standard novelists shoot for… write the best story you can write, in a way that only you can write it. That should be the goal for every aspiring writer.
And the tag line for every writing coach.
Last bumped by Anonymous on Fri Sep 02, 2022 9:41 pm.