How to evaluate a text? “The criteria that are taken when a writing job is selected as editor, that is, as a technician, They are the same that apply when publishing: what I read may be published? You can find potential readers interested?”. Word of the sworn Laura Scarpelli, Milan-born Tuscan source, that deals with editing at a large publishing house and puts his long experience and his knowledge of the texts and their production of the Service Award. “At the end – goes on – the great judge is the audience, that is, the communities that you read. Everything hinges on the possibility that the player is enriched by the experience of your writing. Invitation to reflect on what was said the great Marguerite Yourcenar: what I have written has to see and feel the reader that alone would not have ever experienced. The point is this. So as an evaluation criterion is the ability to bring out a strong message in the text that gives meaning to the script. It counts that the vision, the idea of the whole”.
But not just the content, no matter how strong. “Certainly not – Laura continues Scarpelli – and on this I am very determined and firm in my choices: what you write should have a general readability, an estate, a narrative constant fluidity, and of course the absolute correctness from the point of spelling and syntax visit, as well as the lexical properties. Ben is also the extreme innovation, if you have a strong idea behind, but we can not and we will never be lost to the basic rules of the expression. Often also excellent content are mortified by a sloppy use of language that often is reflected in punctuation, that sometimes it looks like used randomly and haphazardly. It should be said that year after year the quality of the texts that come to the premium “City of Como” It has grown steadily so that the jury increasingly difficult to select the list of finalists”.
Where are you today Italian fiction? “The yellow strand which produced strong performances as Carofiglio, Marco Vichi De Giovanni and holds it no longer has the momentum. Unfortunately our literature still struggling to cross the borders and to establish itself in the Anglo-Saxon world, The case of Elena Ferrante is a bit’ an exception”.
And how important attending a writing course? “The most important course is what you do anywhere and in any situation: to read, read and still read. Courses, that being said, They are useful for possession with less difficulty the tools of the trade, the techniques that a still immature author must win. And then the courses can give you an objective assessment of your work. But what matters is to grow independently. I'll be back to Yourcenar which is one of my references authors: first books was building them in the head, only after, when he had reached a satisfactory level, He puts them on paper. The schools, as well as give you a framework on the world of writing and publishing world in general, give help for stakes ranging put on the path, to focus directed, temporal spatial fields (I speak mainly for the novel): To what extent must exit the twist, how best to structure the narrative that should never have moments of confusion or give rise to doubt; the reader must understand what happens to what they are reading. A good writer can maintain or even increase the level of attention”.