There are many reasons to write a book. Some are probably better than others. But given we are all so different, what works for me could be ineffective for someone else. So just keep writing. The last page will come! Emotions You must write a book because emotions and imagination count, and a book is a perfect vessel to spread them. For example: consider theorems and formulas. They're certainly important to build a solid bridge, but then if nobody uses it to meet new people and exchange experiences, the bridge is next to useless. Instead, form and function are inextricably linked in a … [Read more...] about Reasons to Write a Book — Some Probably Better than Others
Shit happens... Some days ago, when I went for my usual run, I sprained my ankle. When this happened, it happened in the most idiotic way one could ever imagine. I mean, I was still warming up, just jogging, and on a paved road. This notwithstanding, I didn't notice a rock that sat right on my way and, as a result, when I put my foot on it my ankle buckled. Luckily I managed to keep my balance, and even tried to keep going. But a couple of painful steps immediately made it apparent to me this time the sprain was more serious than any others I had suffered in the past. So I made an … [Read more...] about Reasonable Optimism — the Best Choice
Too many periods? Too few? If you feel like it, you can use periods only now and then, and in doing so come up with long and articulate paragraphs brimming with all the other punctuation marks — you know what I mean — the usual suspects: the run-of-the-mill comma, the snooty semicolon, the perennially over-excited exclamation point, and the dubious question mark, just to name a few; I mean... Why on earth should one ever repeatedly resort to the period, when she could instead rely on such an abundance of perfectly satisfactory alternatives? Stop staring at the above one-sentence … [Read more...] about How to Use Punctuation Marks — the Period (Full Stop)
When my wife, who is my most important beta reader, ends reading the first draft -- or the second -- of one of my works, well… that's always a delicate moment. In fact -- no matter how hard I try to keep my composure -- at times one remark of hers is all it takes for me to answer back -- to defend and explain all the reasons I've written what I've written.This is an understandable reaction. The same reaction of a proud father against anyone telling him his child is a bit too wild and banshee-like. However, about the editing process and the comments you may get from family members, … [Read more...] about How To Make the Most of Your Beta Readers’ Feedback
The two dimensions of time In life we tend to classify everything into difficult or easy things. However, we'd better bear in mind this classification is fluid. For example, many things we consider difficult when we are young become second nature as we grow up, and the opposite is also true. For example, I remember quite clearly that as a child I could easily bite my own toes. Now instead it's something I can only dream of. Of course, I'm not exactly missing the toe biting thing, but the flexibility such feat entailed. Moreover, in some not so rare cases, aging we start again to find … [Read more...] about On the Inescapable Indeterminacy of Writing
Before a genre hopping writer I was a genre hopping reader. When I was six I bought my first manga book. Its pages were large but the book itself was thin in terms of pages. Besides, on each page it showed large drawings and only one meager column of text. As a result, in an hour or so I read it from cover to cover. Then for a lack of better options I started over reading the book, and by the day after I had reread it many times. I knew the story by heart and was eager to read something new. According to familiar folklore, it was out of exasperation for my insistent nagging that my … [Read more...] about Is Genre Hopping Really Bad for Beginning Writers?