…that Samuel Johnson fellow knew a thing or two about scribbling…

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…here’s a wee gem I read by sumb’dy posting on my Facebook wall this morning… ‘A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. —Samuel Johnson’… what a terrific summary of what this wunnerful authorship gig is all about… no matter how much we writers may try to deliver the ‘complete story’ in any our narratives, the ‘colour’ and interpretation of it is really down to the reader… of course, we quill-scrapers can imbue nuance and deflected meaning into certain passages, but in my experience, both as a scribbler and as an avid reader, the true pleasure in immersing in sumb’dy else’s WURK is how I read it… what images come into my own head, regardless sum’times of the author’s intentions… then why should that be any different when others read my tomes?… it’s one of the reasons I eschew long descriptive stuff in my novels… I write crime thrillers… predicated on characters and action… long before the film industry picked up on adaptations of the great classics and other books, nobody knew what Dickens’s Fagin looked like, or Shakespeare’s Hamlet, or Scarlett in Gone With the Wind… and therein lies the beauty of literature… as readers we are at liberty… nay… almost mandated… to paint the mental pictures of a book’s cast… of course, in my own mind, all my characters are ‘live’ and I know what ‘they’ look like… but I’ll bet yeez all the good folks who’ve read my stuff will have different ideas of what Jack Calder looks like… and May-Ling… and Malky McGuire… and so on… my point is simple… so often the old adage holds good , ‘Less is Better than More’… undoubtedly, if the film industry ever picks up on my series, I will have no hesitation in offering my humble self to play Jack’s part… what?? six-foot two, blue-eyed, fair-haired Scotsman?… who else, Mabel?… who else?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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9 responses to “…that Samuel Johnson fellow knew a thing or two about scribbling…

  1. I love imagining the characters in my head – and the film makers don’t always get it right! 🙂

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  2. Which is why Hermoine Granger doesn’t have to be white. 🙂

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  3. Rosa Ave Fénix

    Yes dear…my brain always is working meanwhile I’m reading, a book, a short story… I muse around the scenary, characters and so on… sometimes if I’ve read a book and if I see it in a film many times, I get disappointed. Samuel Jonhson was right!!
    I add, your books are clear!!!!!!

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  4. you are right again Seumas, less is better. When I started writing the characters descriptions were like a dating site, now i just throw in a wee snippet here and there.

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  5. When I was very young it was the waning day of radio. It was called the “theater of the mind”/ Great things took place in those programs and none of the actors left the studio. The same things happen in books. I see no reason why you can’t just step right into Jack’s shoes, Seumas. 😀 — Suzanne

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