TMM: Being an Observer

“I just know that you have to be afraid to live your life in order to become a writer. Soon you realize that your life is becoming this incredible plot and every person you meet becomes a character. That’s when the world inside your head feels more real than the one outside your window, when a tragedy becomes nothing more than intriguing information. That’s when you can’t cry anymore because nothing around you feels real. Your entire life becomes a huge stash of stories and novels.

And you die one chapter at a time.

You either write or live. And every writer is bound to find that out someday.”

This is what Jonathan Fisher has to say about being a writer. He’s a fictional character, but I know that some of you will feel inclined to disagree with him.

In fact, sometimes I feel like disagreeing with him as well. It’s like that quote by Fitzgerald (I never seem to find it when I need to reference it.) You know, the one about a writer being able to believe in two opposite ideas at the same time — by the way, if you know the quote, please put it here. Continue reading TMM: Being an Observer

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10 Movies That Were Better Than The Book

“Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.” – John Le Carré

A lot of writers sell the rights to their books to producers who seem to have nothing but the best intentions for their works. Unfortunately, most often than not, the end result is nothing but disappointing.

Indeed, on rare occasions, the opposite is true: the adaptation improves greatly the source material. Here are 10 movies that are better than the book they were based upon. Continue reading 10 Movies That Were Better Than The Book

TMM: Writing

Words are powerful. They can create, they can destroy. They can motivate, inspire, offer a bit of comfort to those in need.

I use words in written form because they are almost set in stone.

They leave a trail behind.

It’s such a definitive action, don’t you think?

But it’s not the only reason.

I write because I think we’re all made of stories. I’d like to find out what my story is.

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TMM: 2 AM

The Midnight Muse came a bit later tonight. “Traffic,” she said. Not that I believe her.

Anyway, tonight the topic is simple: creative block. It’s like writer’s block, only it happens to all kinds of artists. And it’s painful. You don’t feel like doing anything, or you feel as if everything you do is crap. You’re the worst artist ever born. There are many ways to counter this block: Continue reading TMM: 2 AM

A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing a Novel

How do you write a novel? It’s all about taking a few steps…

Thinking about writing a novel? Don’t know where to start? How? When? Well, to paraphrase Ernest Hemingway, writing is not that hard… all you have to do is take a seat at a desk and bleed your soul out through your fingers.

Yeah, I’m just being dramatic right now. Writing a novel is all about that first step. To feel this burning desire to write, and to listen to it, and to never hold back. Writing that novel is not something you will get to one day. It is something you have to do.

Here are some “steps” on how to write a novel. Please keep in mind that we’re all different, and every great writer has their own process. These should be used as a guideline to help develop your own.

Continue reading A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing a Novel

TMM: The Die Has Been Cast

“In everybody’s life there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s how we survive.”Haruki Murakami

I don’t know what artists are made of, but it isn’t happiness. Perhaps it’s fear; to be so afraid of the world that you do nothing but observe. You turn yourself into a quiet shadow. You interpret the world, you give it a new meaning every day.

But I don’t think that’s the point… of art, of life.

The point is to change the world.

And maybe it’s ironic, that the ones the world almost breaks are the ones who do everything they can to change it. Continue reading TMM: The Die Has Been Cast

Book Review: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy is a genius. One of the best contemporary American writers. Of course, he’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Which is that, you ask?

Well, in case you haven’t seen the brilliant movie adapted from this novel, he’s in the business of depicting life as a series of strange coincidences that have fatal consequences. I just made that one up, and I think it sounds clever. No. Really. He writes about drugs and murders and the desert. Maybe this sounds better.

Don’t know what else to say about this book. Some guy finds a briefcase filled with two million dollars worth of drug money. Everyone’s looking for him. All hell breaks loose. Stuff like that.

It is written in McCarthy’s style, which is impossible to describe or define. It’s just brilliant. The words flow effortlessly. He has moments of poetry. Fantastic dialogue. Lots of sarcasm. And quite a bit of philosophy.

No Country for Old Men is a must read.