Often when starting out in a new activity we risk wasting a lot of time just to get our bearings and understand what things we should pay particular attention to. I hope this brief list can help you save time and be more efficient from the get go. Rules and Principles The difference between a rule and a principle is that a principle can apply to many different situations. Instead, the scope of a rule is often a lot more restricted. Think about the law of impenetrability, which states that two bodies can never occupy the same place at the same time. Once you … [Read more...] about Six Crucial Differences Aspiring Writers Should Be Aware of
The more you're attentive, the more you notice things that while at first sight seem banal are instead interesting. Obviously, this works also the other way around. That's to say, the more you pay attention to things that at first blush seem notable the more likely you are to discover that at times such things are far from being worth a second look. However, it's undeniable that we do tend to notice something straight away when it seems to be, for some reasons, remarkable. Just think of sunsets. We can look at one just about every day, and yet... What is the last one you remember? Chances … [Read more...] about My Pet Peeves as a Reader: About Plotless Books, Art, and Honesty
Most beginning writers when they start writing strive to come up with both a gripping story and excellent prose. In fact, even though it's certainly true that a great story written in a less than stellar style can still sell millions of copies -- and the opposite is never the case -- most beginning writers are animated by the desire to make their works as good as possible. But as soon as they start reading how-to books and blog posts about writing--surely hoping to glean from them useful nuggets of advice--they realize there are many contrasting ideas about how to write well. I'll … [Read more...] about Repetition in Writing – Some Guidelines
I like reading. A lot. If they are good, I can read books more than one thousand pages long. I'm not easily intimidated by sprawling stories, by epics. Yet, if you give me a book overflowing with lengthy descriptions, I'll stop reading it in no time--no matter how slim it is. The reason is simple. I find descriptions, especially lengthy literary descriptions, boring. Even those of large and futuristic cities. Or of incredibly beautiful landscapes. Of enticing and mysterious women. The subject of a lengthy literary description doesn't really matter to me. In fact a descriptive passage … [Read more...] about My Pet Peeves as a Reader — Lengthy Literary Descriptions
We can populate our novels with wicked super villains and monsters. We can describe them in a painstakingly detailed and coherent way, and yet leave our readers as excited as lobotomized amoebas---yes, I know amoebas haven't a brain, but it is only a figure of speech. We can also write about super villains and monsters in a succinct and way less scientifically accurate manner, and yet make our readers as uncomfortable and edgy as a loaded mousetrap--whatever that means. The reasons behind such apparently counter-intuitive results have mostly to do with one crucial aspect of effective … [Read more...] about Villains and Monsters – How to Make Them as Scary as Possible?
Suspense is an important element in many genres. For sure, thrillers and mysteries need it just as horror novels do. But, if you give it some thought, you'll see that suspense seeps also into many others genres. Maybe only for a scene or two, but it's there nonetheless. So if you're serious about writing, handling it effectively from the get go is as necessary as it is a thorough knowledge of grammar--even if you're going to break some rules now and then. What is Suspense? According to the Online Oxford Dictionary, in literature suspense is a quality in a work of fiction that arouses … [Read more...] about How to create suspense in your horror novels