Parsing

The communications team at Portland Community College spent hours yesterday trying to come up with a mission statement.

Yes. That’s the reason I opened a bottle of scotch last night.

Anyway, the point is, four of us spent the better part of the morning parsing words. Which verb is stronger? Which noun carries more weight? I favored the ping-pong of “access and success” but my friend thought “succeed” was the stronger word.

For the others, it was an unusual process.

Katy and I laughed about it later. We’re novelists. This is what we do. Daily. Write a sentence. Eat dinner, go back and re-write it. Have a glass of wine. Watch a “Sex and the City.” (best dialog writers… ever.) Grumble. Go back to the damn sentence and write it again. Mull. Bitch. We’ll call each other, middle of the night. “Do you like this line…?”

One of my favorite lines in “Crashers” is: “My asset gets hurt, you and me are going to converse!”

To this day, I’m convinced that was my all-time best verb.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on April 21, 2010, in Blog and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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