Nicole Krauss is one of the best young American writers. She has been featured in the New Yorker and other prestigious literary magazines, and she’s also Jonathan Safran Foer’s wife, the new Wunderkind of American Literature.
The History of Love is her second novel, and it follows the life of Leo Gursky, an elderly man who lives all alone – a very pathetic and senseless life. Basically he just wants to die. The beauty in all this lies in the fact that Gursky once wrote a novel for the woman he loved. The History of Love. So, yes, this is meta-fiction, and it’s one of the very best novels of this type I’ve encountered. Continue reading
Voice is one of the most important elements of any great writer. No doubt about it.
Without a unique “voice”, they wouldn’t have had so many readers.
But what is this voice, exactly? And how can you make it come through in your writing?
Well, let’s think of voice. Some have a deep tonality, a certain way of articulating words. They have a style. They talk like no one else you ever met. Others have this squeaky voice that sounds like scratching a blackboard with your fingernails, and even though what they’re saying could make a lot of sense, and it could be something witty and smart, you can’t wait for them to shut up, because you can’t understand a thing they’re saying anyway.
Well, the same is true for your writing. No one can hear you, but they can feel you through the words you use and how you choose to use them.
Odds are that you are struggling to find your voice as a writer. To find that style. Odds are that you are also putting a lot of pressure on yourself to be unique. To write like no one else before you.
If only you knew how simple it really is.
You just got to write like yourself. Continue reading
“No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.”
― Antonin Artaud
A few years ago I stopped writing fiction. As a matter of fact, I stopped writing much of anything. A few posts here and there, mostly as short as possible, inspired by a nice quote or by some thought.
I couldn’t focus on anything for longer than half an hour.
I was earning enough to cover living expenses, to indulge once in a while… Continue reading
“I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential painters of all time, but his work received no recognition during his lifetime. His paintings were often described as being too dark and lacking the bright liveliness of the Impressionist paintings of the time. He produced more than 900 works during his lifetime, but only sold one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.
Paul Gaugain. El Greco. Claude Monet. Johannes Vermeer. Stendhal. Franz Kafka. Sylvia Plath.
What do all these artists have in common?
They only became famous after their deaths.
And the list goes on and on…
It’s almost as if that’s a rule, right? Some fundamental principle of the universe. Artists can aspire to barely make a living, if that.
Then how can one become a successful artist?
Well, there are three simple things to keep in mind. Continue reading
Ah, the (in)famous writer’s block, also known as creative bankruptcy.
It’s by far the most hated aspect of being a writer.
Sometimes it’s so severe that it makes you doubt your abilities, maybe even doubt whether being a writer is worth it.
What am I going to write about?
I could almost hear a lot of writers thinking that it would be better to fake their own deaths rather than try to find a satisfactory answer to this question.
Maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic. Just a bit.
So, yeah, how do you overcome writer’s block?
If you’ve always wanted to share your thoughts and ideas and stories with the world, then surely you’ve asked yourself this simple questions: How do I become a better writer?
Well, even though it takes years and years of practice, following these five simple steps will drastically improve your writing. Continue reading