Good/Bad Writing

“When talented people write badly, it’s generally for one of two reasons: Either they’re blinded by an idea they feel compelled to prove or they’re driven by an emotion they must express.

When talented people write well, it is generally for this reason: They’re moved by a desire to touch the audience.” 

 Robert McKee

To paraphrase Stephen King, we writers are notoriously bad at understanding our own craft. We have absolutely no idea why some days we write shit, while others we write brilliant first drafts. All we know is to sit at our desks and do our thing.

But I do have to agree with the fact that, even though writing is the most lonely of human experiences, its sole purpose is to make someone else feel less lonely.

Think about it. Continue reading Good/Bad Writing

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The Dramatic Lives of Writers

More than a few authors had to fight disease, psychological conditions, the death of loved ones, and, in spite it all, they kept writing and working on their books.

Here’s a list of some of the most “tragic” of writers. Continue reading The Dramatic Lives of Writers

Can We?

Untitled-1The last few days have shown me more than ever how much we humans enjoy the simple things. Not only we enjoy the meaning of it, but we crave for those kind of moments, due to our busy schedule that tends to get in the way and continuously provides us loneliness, with more regrets yet to come. When I say simple things, through my mind goes family and friends. Simple as that, isn’t it? Unfortunately, even if a big part of us have those “things”, we don’t appreciate them, and hardly value those kind of moments we get to spend with them. Continue reading Can We?

Book Review: A Knight of Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin

Taking place a hundred years before the events in the Game of Thrones, A Knight of Seven Kingdoms adds a bit more to the incredibly complex universe imagined by George R.R. Martin.

Dunk and Egg are as unlikely a duo as some of the most popular duos of the main series. Also, it is a welcome change to read about a world ruled by the Targaryens. A world at the crossroads of being changed forever. Continue reading Book Review: A Knight of Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin

If You Want a Happy Ending

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“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”  – Orson Welles

Sometimes when I write I think too much. I worry about things I shouldn’t worry about, and I write as if I’ve got something to prove to someone. That’s a mistake. Over thinking, trying to outsmart the reader only to outsmart yourself.

When I wrote Jazz I wanted for the ending to the story to deliver a certain message. Throughout the novel there’s some talk about happy endings, about what we want to get from life, and stuff like that. Of course, those characters are mistaken in their belief that happiness is a destination, but nevertheless… they want and try to reach for something, and they’re not even sure what that something is. Continue reading If You Want a Happy Ending

On Being a Full-Time Creative

It’s been more than six years since I decided to become a full-time creative. To write, to self-publish, to blog, to vlog, to create all sorts of content, and work on all kinds of crazy ideas.

Six years ago I chose this because I wanted my words to change the world.

What happened along the way? How did this journey change me?

What are the struggles of being a full-time creative?

Well, let’s find out…

Continue reading On Being a Full-Time Creative