“Don’t be a ‘writer.’ Be writing.” —William Faulkner
Ten steps to being a writer. Five rules to writing a great novel. Or seven rules. Or fifteen. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter how many rules, how many steps, how many lessons, who gives the advice, and what intentions they had behind it, because most of you don’t even see the staircase.
You want to know the truth? Continue reading So, You Want to Be a Writer…
Ever since we first invented the written language and decided to try and document our experiences and pass down knowledge, there has also been the risk of losing certain books. Paper does burn, which is a tragic statement given the context.
Of course, we will never know about all the great books that have been lost during the ages, but we do have some clues as to what some of them contained.
Here are five lost books that could have changed the world.
Continue reading 5 Lost Books that Could Have Changed The World
Tonight’s muse comes with a picture. Just one, and that’s all you get. Oh, and a question:
Isn’t it true that the best of stories always seem to be closer to reality than they are to fiction?
They transfigure their medium, becoming something else, much more valuable than words on paper, sentences glued together.
The best of stories are always more… more than all their components put together, more than just storytelling or mastery of the word. The best of stories are closer to revealing who we are than anything else we’ll ever create.
Dystopia literally means “not-good place” and is a term used to describe a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. Dystopian novels were all the rage back when during the Cold War, possibly as a way to warn people of the perils of such a totalitarian regime as the Communist one. As a fictional genre, dystopias have the uncanny characteristic of painting a rather hopeless future for society.
Here are four dystopian novels that are eerily close to becoming true: Continue reading Four Dystopian Novels That Are Eerily Close to Becoming True
SPOILER ALERT: You can’t. I’m serious. You can’t overcome writer’s block, no matter what others tell you.
Odds are that your case of writer’s block is unique — this virus is constantly mutating, depending on its host. Continue reading How Do You Overcome The Dreaded Writer’s Block?
It is understandable that a writer’s vision for his book oftentimes includes how the cover should look like. Jack Kerouac drew the cover for his On the Road.
That being said, even though book covers have changed in terms of artwork and style a lot in the last couple of decades, taking a look at the first edition covers is a great way to gain a bit more insight into what the books meant and what the vision was all about. Continue reading First Edition Covers of Famous Novels
There are a few books whose titles I consider to be brilliant (this might just be about personal preferences so…), such as:
- The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
- Darkness at Noon
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Heart of Darkness
- The Turn of the Screw
- The History of Love
Now, it’s obvious that a title can pique a reader’s interest enough so they actually open the book and try to read it. A great cover, an intriguing blurb, and a title that says something. I like titles that say something, even though I often choose for my own stories and novels simple titles (which is contradictory.)
My opinion? Continue reading Titles, Opening Lines, and Endings