Posts Written OnMarch 2015

Don Reilly/The New Yorker published on heidimkim.com with permission from Condé Nast Collection

  An astute beta-reader recently cautioned me to watch out for clichés. As with all feedback, I mulled over this for a bit and then went back to my manuscript. At that point, I was in that murky state of mind where I had reread the words so much that it seemed like every word needed to be changed. I became paranoid. Is this scene a cliché? How about this line? This phrase, this dialogue? What isn’t cliché? I had the unsettling realization that my cliché alarm was not as calibrated as it probably should be. As I was trying…

During revision, I reached a point where my own words were a blur on the page. I had just received feedback on my full manuscript from beta-readers, astute friends who are keen readers or writers or both. Trying to concentrate on the words — the story — was futile. Even though I had wanted a break-through, not a break, I made myself put the manuscript aside for a few hours to let things simmer in my brain while I worked on something with my hands. I decided to make book weights as a small token of gratitude to my beta readers. It…

When you want to build a ship, do not begin by gathering wood, cutting boards, and distributing work, but rather, awaken the desire for the vast and endless sea."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Wisdom of the Sands

How to find inspiration…