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
“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.” — Mark Z. Danielewski
I first started writing fourteen years ago. I thought it would be easy. I didn’t like to read, but I did like to imagine.
For a long time it was a lot easier to imagine than to write.
Passion as a feeling carried me at all kinds of ceremonies and book signings and stuff. It was all so clear. I was going to become rich and famous and my words would change the world.
Exactly. Continue reading pas-sion
Time. The world’s most valuable commodity. Not only that, but you can trade it for anything else.
The muse also needs it. The more time you spend doing the work, the better you become. It is a rule of nature.
But sometimes people get caught in this romantic way of thinking. Art is about inspiration, about some sort of poetry, not just work ethic. They discard the craft part of art…
But truth is, the muse demands you sit at your desk and do the work. That you set aside a certain number of hours each day and get stuff done.
It’s the one rule you cannot bend or break.
Don’t water this down.
Don’t be seduced into thinking that art is inherently different than any other kind of work.
George Bellows was an American realist painter, known for his depictions of urban life in New York City. Continue reading Showcase: George Bellows
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
SELF-TAUGHT : having knowledge or skills acquired by one’s own efforts without formal instruction
Mark Twain famously remarked that he never let schooling interfere with his education. But what did he mean by that?
In my humble opinion, especially when it comes to artists, it’s more important to be a student rather than a follower. To learn to think for yourself, to separate what is useful from what is not. This, in itself, is an art. Continue reading TMM: Self-taught