Being a writer

First, I’d like you to watch this video. It’s really short, and I assure you it won’t be a waste of your time. Then, I’d like to tell you how much I agree with what Chuck Lorre had to say about writing.

I’m an ardent believer in the fact that all great writing comes from a place of truth, from a place well hidden inside our soul. I believe that those elements that are based on our own experiences, faults, and beliefs give substance to a story. I can see many writers who are reluctant about that. I can also understand why. It’s the most difficult thing to do. Once you start writing about yourself, in one way or another, you realize how difficult it really is. Continue reading

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Nabokov on Kafka – The Metamorphosis

Besides being obsessed with butterflies, Vladimir Nabokov was also a big fan of Franz Kafka’s work, especially The Metamorphosis.

He even tried to edit the work in an attempt to make it even better.

This can pose quite an interesting question. Is an author worthy of editing the work of another?

TMM: Four minutes of David Foster Wallace brilliance

David Foster Wallace. Writer. Teacher. A rare intellectual. But all these pale when compared to his tremendous insight into what it means to be human. The things that are so obvious we don’t even notice them.

This short video is him explaining ambition, perfectionism, and the level of dedication required to be successful in any given field. Quite remarkable.