Wednesday, 29 July 2009
The Beat are U.K based and look to showcase new and exciting writers.
You can read Cubicle Crimes here. And comment if you wish.
Saturday, 25 July 2009
- Every other chapter had a different plot with all the characters fighting for page space to be the main character. It was confusing especially with their names drifting between being called 'Doctor Surname' and 'name.'
- I wanted to know more about the world but it was mostly action.
- Confusing about where the plot was heading as new questions were springing up and old questions were left unanswered. Maybe if I finished the book I would have found them. But there were too many. Characters were changing their goals in each chapter too.
- One chapter was based on one event whilst the other was faster and over a longer time period.
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
I like Mslexia’s author interviews and especially the insights into their methods. This issue Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun) has given her method and I agree with most of them.
In the third year of university, my tutor handed out photocopies of these small Mslexia methods. (I remember feeling like a ‘know it all’ as I had the original copies). We had to decide which author had the best method and which ones could we relate too. I struggled as I could take bites from each one. But with Adichie’s I like all of them.
These are my favourite ones:
- Have no routine, no rituals.
- Generally a nice meal helps.
- Eat chocolate.
- Always write on you Mac laptop.
- Curiosity never killed any cats – curiosity is one of a writer’s greatest tools.
- Base you writing on reality, not on themes.
- Read books
- Don’t let others tell you how to tell your stories.
- Work on short stories while working on a novel.
- Write when it comes.
- Enjoy the fun of doing something that you love.
You can read an extract here.
This has also inspired me to write these in my new Moleskine notebook and to also consider my methods.
Monday, 13 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Last week I had a book binge. I now have eight new books to get my eyes around. That is also including two new proofs. One is Douglas Coupland's 'Generation A.' I am going to try and read it before Edinburgh in August.