1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
“I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’ All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”—Ray Bradbury (via fivetwofivetwo)
I totally forgot that Frankenstein’s monster learned how to smoke in „Bride of Frankenstein“. Well, I wish I could quit! ;-)
Easter is ahead and all I do care about are the 4 days off. Raised as a Catholic this used to be a very important time for me and my family. But nowadays it is not special to me anymore. The weather is awful. So I decided to spend most of the time at home, preferably in my bed.
I’ve done a lot of reading lately (Ray Bradbury, Tom Rob Smith, Neil Gaiman, David Peace) and I plan to continue with it. I haven’t finished reading “House Of Leaves” (Mark Z. Danielewski) yet, although I started with it months ago. But I always get distracted by other things: other books, graphic novels, games, movies, life itself… Did you experience that: you stopped reading a certain book and after a while you start to forget what it was all about? So, I think I should hurry! I hope I have it finished after Easter.
“As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a god. I don’t think there is a god, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights when it worries me. I would never deny your right to believe in a god. I would just rather you didn’t kill people who believe in a different god, say. Or stone someone to death because your rulebook says their sexuality is immoral. It’s strange that anyone who believes that an all-powerful all-knowing, omniscient power responsible for everything that happens, would also want to judge and punish people for what they are.”—Ricky Gervais: “Why I’m an Atheist” (via patricktimothy)
Lying sick in bed for almost a week gives you the opportunity to slow down and to think about your life (a little bit).
I’ll turn 38 this year and honestly, this scares the crap out of me! It’s not getting older that sucks. Looking older is what’s so annoying. And the fact that I don’t feel any wiser or more mature. I thought this would come with time. But nope! I’m still feeling immature and insecure. I wish I would be more confident about myself but I am not.
My life has become quite busy. Work is now the dominant part of it and I don’t think I like it that way. Don’t get me wrong: I love my job! But I have the feeling that it is consuming me. Even in my spare time I think about work and this exhausts me. I do have social contacts but quite often I’m glad if I don’t have to communicate after work. Odd, isn’t it?
I miss photography, I miss strolling through the streets, I miss reading books, I miss my pen pals, I miss writing proper blogs … So, I think it’s time for a change now. Or soon I will be a frustrated old spinster! ;)
First of all I “re-activate” this tumblr blog. I got my account in November 2009 and back than it contained much more written blog entries than it does now. In the last months it became rather a platform for reblogging funny pictures from the internet. I enjoy those pics very much but I think it’s time to rediscover the joy of writing. :)