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∆ Zadie Smith | Novelist, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Editor…

∆ Photographer | Sebastian Kim [pic 2]

 

              Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing

  1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.
  2. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.
  3. Don’t romanticise your ‘vocation’. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no ‘writer’s lifestyle’. All that matters is what you leave on the page.
  4. Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.
  5. Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.
  6. Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.
  7. Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.
  8. Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.
  9. Don’t confuse honours with achievement.
  10. Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand — but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.

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4 more days until Swing Time! Get ready for the book @newyorkermag calls “Smith’s most affecting novel in a decade.” Thanks to @fairy.bookmother for the beautiful shot! .
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What a wonderful day celebrating Zadie and Swing Time. Big thanks to Three Lives for hosting her this morning, and we can’t wait for the future stops on the Swing Time book tour! .
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“I was a guest of Oxfam, and being around them and their work illuminated another significant gap: the one between the language of development and the language of the rest of us. This is no special flaw in the world of development—every large organization has its technocratic lingo and unreadable reports. But it seemed to me a shame that between the highly technical, acronym-heavy documents written within the world of development and the often saccharine self-descriptions of the church workers, there were so few people writing development stories from a human perspective. Stories that were not especially concerned with a man’s eternal soul or his statistical representation, but with his life.

Journalists do this, but as everyone who has worked in development knows, the best time to get a journalist’s attention is when the bomb goes off or the tsunami hits or the famine brings the walking dead to the border. In the downtime, interest fades.”

-Zadie Smith , reflecting on her time in Liberia

* I fall in love with this women’s words in such a way that after i read them to myself, i then read them out loud, put emphasis on certain words or sections of sentences, until the weight sits comfortably inside me

Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on. Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful…and decide what you want and need and must do. It’s a tough, unimaginably lonely and complicated way to be in the world. But that’s the deal: you have to live; you can’t live by slogans, dead ideas, clichés, or national flags. Finding an identity is easy. It’s the easy way out.
—  Zadie Smith, On Beauty
yazmanın 10 kuralı

Zadie Smith’in kuralları uygulanabilir, felsefî ve şiirsel öğütleri zarif bir şekilde harmanlıyor:

  1. Özellikle hâlâ çocukken, çok sayıda kitap okuyun. Okumak için diğer her şeye ayırdığınızdan daha fazla zaman ayırın.
  2. Bir yetişkin olarak ise, yazdıklarınızı bir başkası okuyormuş, hatta daha da iyisi bir düşmanınız okuyormuş gibi okuyun.
  3. Kabiliyetinizi romantikleştirmeyin. Ya iyi cümleler yazabiliyorsunuzdur, ya da yazamıyorsunuzdur. “Yazarın yaşam stili” diye bir şey yok. Önemli olan kağıt üzerine dökebildikleriniz.
  4. Zayıf yönlerinizi umursamayın. Ama tabii bu yolda, yapamadıklarınızın değersiz olduğunu söylemeyin. Kendinizle ilgili şüphelerinizi başkalarını küçümseyerek gizlemeyin.
  5. Yazma ile düzenleme arasında makul bir zaman aralığı bırakın.
  6. Takımlardan, güruhlardan, gruplardan uzak durun. Etrafınızdaki kalabalık yazınızı daha iyi yapmayacak.
  7. İnternet bağlantısı kesilmiş bir bilgisayarda çalışın.
  8. Yazı için ayırdığınız zamanı koruyun. Engel olacak herkesi uzaklaştırın, sizin için en önemli insanları bile.
  9. Onurla başarıyı karıştırmayın.
  10. Mutlaka doğruyu söyleyin, ne kadar zor olursa olsun tülü kaldırın. Hayat boyu sürecek tatminsizliğin hüznüne teslim olun. 

İngiliz yazar Zadie Smith (38) 2003 ve 2013 yıllarında Birleşik Krallık’ta basılan edebiyat dergisi Granta tarafından En İyi Yirmi Genç Yazar arasında gösterildi. White Teeth (Beyaz Dişler) adlı romanı ile Time dergisinin TIME 1923’ten 2005’e İngilizce yazılmış En İyi 100 Roman seçkisinde yer aldı. Yazar 2010 yılından beri New York Üniversitesi Yaratıcı Yazarlık programında akademisyenlik yapıyor.

Kaynak: brainpickings.org

 

“Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson. My brain is going to give you one star, but my heart wants to give five. I want you to know that Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is to ghetto movies what Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was to Mafia movies, and I love, love, love it. I love that there are more naked men in this movie than in Brokeback. I love that you keep getting your fellow gangsters to admit that they love you. Really loudly. In the middle of robberies. I love the Beckettian dialogue: "I’m in it for the money.” “For What?” “Sneakers.” “Anything else?” “A gun.” “What you need that for?” “I don’t know.” I love that you watched Goodfellas and Scarface, like, a million times and decided to ditch all that narrative arc crap and get straight to the point with a minimalist voice-over: “Crack meant money. Money meant power. Power meant war.”

I worship at the altar of Zadie Smith. She is cute (Freckles!?) & she is smart & she is British & witty. I mean, it’s enough to make a girl insecure – luckily I’m a woman.

What’s great about Changing My Mind is that there’s a great essay about Zora Neale Hurston & how attempts to pigeon-hole her soulful writing are a disservice to her as a Great American Writer. The great piece about Obama and his multi-voice persona/presence in American life is also well-done. There’s a piece on writing and the ability to let something alone for long enough to get some perspective on it was just what I needed to read at this point in my life.

Then, there’s the stuff about E.M. Forster & Kafka & Liberia. It’s all very lovely and humorous & interesting, but it took me FOR.Ever to get through it. Because she is brilliant, don’t take my word for it, though. You should check it out for yourself. The quote above is from her chapter of movie reviews. When I got to the short review of 50 Cent’s movie, I laughed for 30 seconds straight & was relieved I didn’t give up on the book then.