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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Halloween in Humidity

The other day someone asked to me, "Isn't it weird to celebrate Halloween in the tropics"? Which I thought was a rather bizarre question and a tad prejudiced - since when did the temperate regions stake a majority claim to certain festivals?

I suppose going from door to door in your Halloween outfit and asking for chocolates and sweets may generate bemused reactions around here in Kuala Lumpur. But when it comes to supernatural tales customs and folklore, Asia is steeped in them. Err no, it definitely is not weird to celebrate Halloween here. The safety of your body and soul  depend on it

Just kidding!
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Saturday, 9 October 2010

The Difference Between Editing and Rewriting

The excellent book, "The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel" by Robert J. Ray (2008 Writers Digest Books) states that editing is, '....a morality play on the page. Cut the bad word and replace with a good word.' Edit means to replace and cut out.

Obviously rewriting goes much deeper and operates on a larger scale with plot, structure, characters etc...

What a relief to read that distinction - because 'edit' has negative connotations and it is not interchangable with 'rewrite'.
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