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
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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?
Today I present a list of some of those bogus writing rules that more often than not end up thwarting the development of beginner writers. Rules will be rules Rules are unbreakable... Sure, like the one about the split infinitive. The truth is you can happily split as many infinitives as you wish, provided the meaning of what you write is clear. By the same token, if you know what you're doing and why, you can break, vanquish, pulverize as many rules as you want. Rules are useless rubbish. Well… Ever tried to drive on the wrong side of the road? Maybe at night, with your lights off … [Read more...] about Important Rules for Writing — Or Not?
1 - A good habit Read a lot. If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. This comes from Mr Stephen King, a guy who should know a thing or two about writing... 2 - Omnivorous reading habits are better Read books pertaining to many different genres. And if you think it's a waste of time, go read Range by David Epstein. It's a very well-written book. Above all, it can be an eyeopener. However for those who are in a time crunch, the book is about the importance that knowing a bit from many different domains can have. In fact, this … [Read more...] about 12 Good Habits for Writers to Enormously Improve the Quality of Their Books
One piece of advice beginning writers often get is about the necessity for them of always telling the truth. Unfortunately, that piece of advice is pretty useless. To start with, absolute and objective truth is unknowable. In addition, even if a writer is working on a story in which she recounts the truth from her point of view, this doesn't mean she must at all times put on the page all she knows. Indeed, there are at least a couple of good reasons for exercising some restraint. Modelling truth A story is a condensed and organized form of the reality it tries to depict -- no … [Read more...] about Telling the Truth — What Does It Really Mean in Fiction?
Prompts work wonders for me. I hope they work for you just as well. However, truth be told, prompts work wonders for me especially when I have to come up with them for someone else. I know, this speaks volumes about how fucked up my brain is. I don't know how it is, but I think that having to come up with prompts for someone else is a way to give myself permission to just write down whatever crosses my mind. In fact if I'm looking for prompts for myself I tend, wrongly, to exclude some perspectives. Instead, given I can't know beforehand who is going to read these prompts, my inner critic … [Read more...] about Prompts for Horror and Fantasy Stories