You and I have only been memories, never reality. Something is dreaming us, embrace the illusion. Live! Everything you are going to be, you already are. What you are looking for, is already within you. Rejoice in your sufferings. Thanks to them you will reach me.
You begin every book as an amateur and as a dummy, and in the writing, you discover the book. … Gradually, by writing sentence after sentence, the book, as it were, reveals itself to you through your language. So each sentence is a revelation.
So I discovered this on Pinterest recently and it’s changed my life. It’s the first plotting technique I’ve ever found that gave me immediate results, and I’m losing my mind over it. Reading through the chart I realized that I already had way more of a plot that I thought I did, and it allowed me to fill in the gaps quickly and efficiently. It’s so simple, and so effective, and it shows your clearly where all the connections in your story need to be, what you’re missing, and how to fix it. I’ve been stuck on my novel for months, and this opened the floodgates and let the ideas come pouring in. Every writer needs to see it. I’m tagging a few writeblrs I like to see what they think.
Her father was an archaeologist, and her home life was steeped in legend, folklore, and the history of Norway. Both this influence and her own life story are constantly present in her works—from Elleve aar (1934; Eleven Years), in which she tells of her childhood, to the story of her flight from Nazi-occupied Norway, published originally in English as Return to the Future (1942; Norwegian Tillbake til fremtiden).
She worked in the office of an electrical engineering firm for 10 years before she married, bore children, and began to write. Her early novels deal with the position of women in the contemporary unromantic world of the lower middle class.
She then turned to the distant past and created what is considered her masterpiece, the trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter (1920–22). Though the medieval climate of the novel is strikingly evoked, it is still a story of a woman’s fate, portraying the proud, independent Kristin’s growth, through her marriage to a charming but irresponsible man, into a strong but humble and self-sacrificing woman. Both in this and in the four-volume historical novel Olav Audunssøn (1925–27; The Master of Hestviken), religious problems are prominent and reflect the author’s preoccupation with such matters.
Undset was converted to the Roman Catholic faith in 1924, and in her later novels, in which she returned to contemporary themes, her new religion continues to play an important role. During the Nazi occupation of Norway, she fled the country and spent the remainder of the war years in the United States, lecturing and writing on behalf of her war-torn country and its government-in-exile.
Undset returned to Norway after the liberation in 1945. She lived another four years but never published another word.
She was married to Anders Castus Svarstad and had 3 children.
French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is known primarily for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). (Wikipedia)
From our stacks: 1. “Victor Hugo in 1829, an etching by Achille Deveria” from Olympio. The Life of Victor Hugo by André Maurois. Translated from the French by Gerard Hopkins. Illustrated. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956. 2.-6. Illustrations from Dramatic Works of Victor Hugo. Translated by Frederick L. Slous and Mrs. Newton Crosland. Hernani. The King’s Diversion. Ruy Blas. Profusely Illustrated with Elegant Wood Engravings. Volume V. New York: P. F. Collier, n.d.
Through each of our disparate practices, there’s a constant that inspires me the most—we are each creating stories where blackness is unapologetic.
Toyin Ojih Odutola. Last Friday, Ojih Odutola, Yaa Gyasi, and Texas Isaiah spoke with Whitney assistant curator Rujecko Hockley about their respective practices as artists and their overlapping and intersecting interests—from narrative and portraiture to migration and dislocation. Watch the program on Facebook.
I just think what is great about this art form is that it’s one single intelligence saying, ‘Here’s how I see it.’ An intelligence that nobody owns. It’s just this one person saying, 'I will tell you this.’ …the desire to be that individual voice I think is that makes a novelist. Every novelist I’ve ever loved has that thing where you know it’s them.
How to make character personalities that sound REAL!
I read a lot about how positive/negative character traits shouldn’t be an after thought, or how they need to be realistic. But what the heck does that mean???
There’s a website out there called 16personalities.com, and it was made by a certified psychologist￼ who did a study on personalities. (The test is free, and you should totally take it! It’s kind of creepy how accurate it is, and you learn a lot about yourself!) But I use it more for the creation of my character’s personalities.
It shows you all the different types of personalities, and breaks it down into catagories so it’s easy in to find vaguely what type of personality you want. It even shows you the common strengths and weaknesses of each one! Its has some other info about what the person would look for in relationships and stuff, so it helps a lot!
I totally think you all should use this to your advantage! Ever since I started using this website, my characters seem a lot more realistic and now their flaws aren’t an “afterthought”.
Fifth day of Black History Month and I’m honoring James Baldwin. He was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, but most notably in mid-20th-century North America. Some of Baldwin’s essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award–nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro. One of his novels, If Beale Street Could Talk, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning dramatic film in 2018 directed and produced by filmmaker Barry Jenkins.
Hi, I’ve written another book - perhaps you’d like to read it? Here’s a blurb to help you decide:
Book two of the Deff gay “romantic” comedy series.
Are you after a heartwarming book about loved-up rock stars trying to navigate stardom? If so, you’ll need to keep looking. On the other hand, if you’re after a daft but funny book about self-sabotaging idiots, you’re in the right place!
It’s 1999 and Dagenham’s biggest band, Deff, is at a crossroads. Outrageous guitarist Mark Means is hell-bent on getting a record deal but keeps disappearing at night. Meanwhile, cocky lead singer Simon Sharp is torn between dreams of headlining arenas and shagging half of Essex. Can Mark and Simon get their acts together and propel Deff into the big time?
(Content warnings for alcohol and substance abuse, explicit content (male/male and female/male), explicit language including homophobic and misogynistic language and internalised homophobia)
genre: YA, set in the near-future, with a bit of romance, and a bit of comedy
status: editing the first draft (96k)
the year is 2038, and twin sisters aponi and nova williams are watching their lives slip through their fingers. nova works her way through the mess of senior year and her surprise pregnancy, all while at war with the same illnesses which so badly afflicted her father. meanwhile, aponi tries to navigate the muddy waters of love and the music industry in an age of apathy, lockout laws, and neighbourhood sound regulations.
half of planet fights over the trivialities of upper middle class issues, while the other half burns. this world, these girls, aren’t defined by their fault lines. or are they?
meet the family;
the williams twins; our protagonists. at the tender cusp of being eighteen, aponi and nova williams are gifted. there’s no doubt about that. they produce their own exclusive brand of melodrama and teen angst. they make weird choices, and wonder why things fall apart when they’re the ones who destroyed them.
the munro twins; our deuteragonists. at age twenty-one, adrien and caspian munro are just on the brink of graduating college and being released into true adulthood when the williams twins, and adrien’s heroin addiction, come calling.
avery and ezra williams; tritagonists. the world sees them - saw them - as an anorexic and a politician. one wore a catheter, the other a pantsuit. they’re the parents to the williams twins and could have been something bigger than themselves, better than what they’d already been, but a dozen rogue bullets ruined their chances at being groundbreaking. at being happy.
nate and gabi; supporting characters. they’re the parents to the munro twins. they’re where adrien and caspian learned what it meant to be fractured, disloyal, and passive aggressive. their addiction to conflict fuelled adrien’s addictive personality, and their desire for perfection spurred caspian’s obsessiveness.
harper; both an antagonist and protagonist. aponi william’s first love. face like an angel, life like a nightmare, lips like a fever dream. she’s a bad love song, complete with a black eye and a pirate smile. she hasn’t quite got the guts to talk about, and go for, what she really wants.
odette finch; supporting character. aponi william’s second love; the right love. she’s surprisingly well rounded, having grown up controlled and manipulated, knee deep in the shit of suburban sprawl, tucked away in the deep south of the united states.
aoto and terrence; supporting characters. there’s no separating these two musical juggernauts. the magazines say they haven’t been seen away from one another since the winter of 2037. they act as the catalyst for every relationship and success story except for their own. it’s just a shame it takes them so long to admit they love one another.
candy marshall; our behind-the-scenes antihero. she’s adrien’s vice, the same way nova williams is caspian’s. except candy comes with sharp teeth and sharper needles and a velvet voice that ensnares him, and all nova has is a smile and a brilliant mind.
if you made it this far, i’m looking for beta readers/critique partners for feedback - i use a secure platform called betabooks.com where we exchange email addresses and can beta read one another’s books. feel free to message me if you’re interested!
Louis L'Amour was an American novelist and short-story writer. His books consisted primarily of Western novels; however, he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into films.