The most important thing for a beginning writer is that of discovering who he really is. At first blush this might look like a selfish thing to do. Instead it's the opposite. In fact, the more you know yourself, the more you know how to apply the rules of writing to your work. You take what you like and are comfortable with, and toss out, adapt, or reinvent everything else.I mean, if you write he go into the shop because you've decided to ditch the "es" for the singular third person, I can choose not to read your book because your departure from the norm I don't like, or don't feel … [Read more...] about The Most Important Thing for a Beginning Writer
Writing is a double edged sword for several reasons. In fact even if that of writer can be a gratifying profession, there will always be some writers complaining about how difficult and mind-wrecking writing can be. Indeed, as a bunch, writers tend to suffer from formidable bouts of procrastination -- that illness of the mind that makes you prefer scrubbing clean the kitchen floor to sitting at your desk and writing. In addition, it's all but a rare occurrence that of a writer lost in those interior waste lands where next to no new ideas grow, and those few that do never find their way … [Read more...] about The Healthy Writer — How to Keep in Shape. Some Suggestions Before You Start
As I wrote in a previous post, I believe every writer would benefit from note taking. However, it's also undeniable that you can have too much of a good thing. In fact if you take notes for just about everything you come across and find even slightly interesting, you would end up literally swimming in a sea of loosen notes, post-its, and notepads. If you had endless stamina and time at your disposal you could dive into this sea and go fishing for tasty literary preys. But given that we live in a universe where our human resources are limited, we have to accept the ugly truth. Namely, that … [Read more...] about A Simple Way to Sift Ideas and Choose the Best Ones
Every writer who’s been producing words for at least a little while knows that lexico-grammatical rules are never to be considered absolute truths. In fact, creative writing is such a complex and nuanced activity it would be naive to believe it’s possible to straitjacket it into perfectly defined boundaries. However, how to books, even those advertising an infallible method to write the bestselling novel of the century, aren’t the worst -- and they’re not by a wide margin. In fact, in such books we can find some interesting suggestions about writing -- ideas and principles that can help us … [Read more...] about Self-help Books and Writing Manuals — Some Considerations
These days it seems you have to be a pro in anything you do. It also seems a lot of people use the word pro as a sort of moniker to set themselves apart from everyone else, even if they are as far from a professional as the dark side of the moon is from the sun. First of all, I want to point out a simple truth: you don’t have to be a pro in everything you do. That would be an unrealistic and also a psychologically unhealthy aspiration. Unrealistic Aspirations I'm saying it would be unrealistic because even if we humans are able to adapt to many different situations, and with the right … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean Being a Pro?
Thoughts don’t have any weight. How could they? After all, they’re only the ineffable result of some short-lived chemical reactions within our brain. And yet it’s thanks to thoughts that what was once considered impossible is now not only possible, but even mundane. Just think of flying. Or of how easy it is to chat in real time with someone on the other side of the planet. Sure, considering that on average a human has something like 6.200 thoughts a day, they are as widespread and common as weeds, and mostly just as useless. Yet that tiny percentage of thoughts that rise above the … [Read more...] about Self-confidence – The Secret Ingredient to Write Better Stories