Saturday October 11, 2014 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Uncategorized
I learned a new literary term this week. At first, I thought my mentor was snarking at my poor use of description, but I looked it up and it’s actually a real thing. I’ve seen it hundreds of times, but like so many other things I had no idea there was an actual title for it.
Pathetic Fallacy – A literary term for the attributing of human emotion and conduct to all aspects within nature. It is a kind of personification that is found in poetic writing when, for example, clouds seem sullen, when leaves dance, when dogs laugh, or when rocks seem indifferent.
I’m adding it to the lexicon. I am still hoping that I get more of these to add. If you know of any that aren’t in my Writer’s Lexicon please share.
I also get Jane Friedman’s blog notes in my email and a few days ago she talked about a visit to Italy for a convention. Nice, huh? Maybe someday I’ll be able to justify that, but I digress. Anyway, she talked about hearing Bella Andre talk and one of the points really hit home and I think it’s especially valid for new writers. There is no wasted work. Anything you do that relates to your writing goes in the experience bag to be used later. Words that never see the light of day are still valid, because they move the bar toward those magical million words that free your writing spirit animal or something. For real though, they do count.
I hear a lot from other writers that are still unpublished that they feel like they are wasting their time. No such thing. Every word is one step closer to figuring it all out, improving your voice and getting that much closer to getting a contract. So keep at it.
On another note, I am closing in on finishing Quintessence. Like ready to send out to agents. I’m excited to finally have something I feel confident enough about to get to this next phase in my career. I’ll post if I have any news on that front.
So…do you use pathetic fallacy in your writing? Can't say I do. But then, I never remember every word I've written. Even after I've read the story over and over and over and over. 🙂 Good luck on Quintessence!
Hi Stacy!I have used it one time that I'm aware of, which is okay. Overuse is where the problem arises. I'm in the final stretch, can't wait to finish!