Whenever I tell someone I’m a writer, and they show genuine interest towards my “profession,” I end up telling them about all the cool e-mails I get from people. Or about the reviews my books get. Or this or that comment.
You know, there are good days and bad days. There are days when you don’t feel like writing, or days that you simply don’t want to write. But your readers are what’s most important, what keeps you going, what makes you feel like a writer even during those bad days. Continue reading The Reader
When I was young I used to loathe having to rewrite my stories. So much so that sometimes I didn’t even want to read them. Because you see, I wrote during the moments of intense inspiration, when everything seemed perfect. And when I’d read over the stories, there were many mistakes, many things to change. Somehow, the magic was gone.
Censorship. Probably the most hated word by creative individuals. Books have always been used by the oppressed as a means to fight the oppressor. Also, books have always been the weapon of choice for those who had an opinion different than that shared by the vast majority. But all this also meant that lot of books have been banned throughout history.
Here’s a list of famously banned books. Continue reading Famously Banned Books
Whether sexual in nature, or books that deal on subjects such as family, history, or the relationship between men and women, these are must read books for any man, true treasures of information when it comes to a man’s place in today’s society. Continue reading 12 Books Every Man Should Read
Lots of folks have painstakingly tried to write all sorts of guides to writing a bestseller or a perfect novel. How-to guides are quite abundant. But I thought I should try to write a guide on how to write a bad novel. How does one go about that? Let’s find out. Continue reading Eight Easy Steps To Writing a Bad Novel
Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most influential writers of this century, passed down a simple list of rules for writing a short story, though I think they can be applied to longer narratives as well.
He did say that Flannery O’Connor broke all his rules except the first and that great writers tend to do that, but I believe his famous eight rules can provide a skeleton to writing fiction.
And I think that this is what’s really important in art. A foundation. Simply by reading or following rules, or by taking creative writing courses, but it’s also crucial for the artist to make his own decisions. The moment rules start feeling like a cage, you should escape. It’s like strolling through a garden and picking the flowers you like. If you absorb too much or if you simply follow rules (someone else is choosing what flowers you should pick), you’ll never develop a style of your own.
In a world of fixed rules, there’s no room for improvement. Or improvisation. Or evolution.
In today’s post, I’m going to analyze Vonnegut’s famous rules, most of which are common sense anyway. So let’s get started. Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Rules for Writing a Short Story