I just tried to read some recommended flash fiction and got frustrated with clumsy sentence structure in the first paragraph. Instead of finishing the online short fiction piece, I jumped down to the comments, most of which raved about how "lovely" the piece was.
Is it just me? Am I a reading snob? Or just impatient? My unwritten rule is if I have to reread two sentences within a paragraph in order to glean the meaning, I needn't traverse further.
But I'm mournful about what I may have missed. Others found the piece to be delightful. Maybe they were just being nice? I'll never know, because ... well because I have an unwritten rule that I just put into writing.
Dear Writers: ENGAGE ME in the first paragraph... please!
This is easy for me to say because I have officially sworn off writing. I already blogged about it (http://jackiedoss.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/i-have-sworn-off-writing/), so it must be true. I do not have to live up to my own standards. Ahh, the taste of freedom! At this moment, it tastes like warm yeast rolls right out of the oven, with a dab of butter.
WHAT CHOICE DID SHE HAVE?
15 hours ago