Yoda speak and other writing maladies

Profound it is, when writer’s Yoda-speak adopt. Lend their writing with an air of faux gravitas, it does.

Or… perhaps not.

Sorry I can’t keep that up any longer, I just read the funniest post by US agent Nathan Bransford on writing maladies, ranging from Yoda speak and The Old Spice Guy Effect, to Shorter Hemingway (an obsession for writing in short monotonous sentences for dramatic purposes). You have to read it. Nathan rocks. Oh sorry, I better stop that.

I recognise several of these maladies from my earlier drafts, repetition of words to add ‘lyrical mysticism’, excessive use of alternative synonyms for ‘said’ (demanded, challenged, pleaded, yada yada yada). I can’t show you any of these because they have been ruthlessly purged from the manuscript with a mindless zeal that my Priests of Shirith-Kah would look upon favourably. Are there any left? Dear god, I hope not.

But this post is about fun, so before I get all philosophical, I have to leave you with a joke from Livia, who replied to Nathan’s blog post with:

‘Why did the chicken cross the road?
Hemingway: To die. In the rain.’

Maybe it’s me, but that’s funny as hell…. No? Ok, it’s just me then… I’ll get my coat.

About Scott Foley

Scott Foley is a British fantasy writer based in Manchester. He is author of Knight of Aslath and the Dreaming God Chronicle. Brought up on a steady diet of Tolkien, roleplaying games and a never-ending fascination with the question ‘what if?’, writing fantasy novels seemed the only sensible and worthwhile thing to do with his life. Knight of Aslath is his first novel, and he is currently working on the sequel Warlords of the Dreaming God. Both novels form the beginning of the Dreaming God Chronicle and are set in the fantasy world of Teth-Kiran. Knight of Aslath is available on Amazon, and you can find out more about Scott's work at: http://www.scottfoleybooks.com