The traditional novel — one thousand years old and still alive

clock - traditional novel - Peter Rey

Writing has been invented more than 3000 years ago. The first novel ever written was written by a woman in the year 1007. Since then, millions and millions of novels have been written. Indeed, we can say that the traditional novel truly represents a millenarian form of art. Yet, over the last few years, I heard on more than one occasion someone say that the novel is dead. That no traditional novel can match the immersive power of computer games, of interactive novels, and adventures. For sure the advent of the digital era has made relatively easy the creation of…

Continue reading

Writers who don’t read, an ossimoron?

a man and a book - writers who don't read - Peter Rey

Sure, writers who don’t read aren’t really that common, but they’re not so rare either. In any case, some time ago, I came across the “confessions” of a young writer. She said she didn’t read much. Almost nothing at all.  She explained that she did so not out of a sort of repulsion for books by other authors, but to keep her voice, her style, as personal as possible. In short, she didn’t want to get influenced by what she read. Now, this might seem an interesting position. After all, any serious writer works hard to develop a strong personal…

Continue reading

On Writing – Starting out and Setting Goals

runner ready to run - mportance of goal setting

When we’re just starting out, it’s essential we set some goals. For example, for this post, my very first, I wanted to write something brilliant and memorable. For a while I examined, and subsequently discarded, many different ideas. I also worked my ass off to find elegant and dazzling ways to spark up my writings. But I soon discovered that no stylistic ruse and no idea was ever going to be good enough for the lofty but vague goal I had in mind. So, after the umpteenth draft and the umpteenth change of subject I was frustrated and spent to say…

Continue reading