What makes a writer?
I am a sucker for articles and blog posts about being a writer. I’m always curious to read the advice of others, and their take on what it means to be a writer, because, if you follow me, you know I’ve got my own opinions. Continue reading
I haven’t written an observation in a while, which may be a good thing or a bad thing. I think sometimes they just becomes rants. Is that good or bad? You tell me. Heh. Continue reading
Thanks for joining me for the weekend coffee share hosted by part-time monster. Continue reading
I’ve lost my ability to concentrate on the books I’m reading. My mind wants to be somewhere else, doing something else, and I don’t know if it’s the calibre of the book or, alas, me.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. ” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Stephen King’s or not, his advice regarding reading is spot on. How can you be a good writer if you don’t read? It’s kind of like a writer’s apprenticeship. Reading shows you what to do and sometimes what NOT to do.
Today marks the start of what will be a semi-regular feature on the Microcosm. I’m going to share with you some observations, unfortunately mostly what-not-to-do’s, from the books that I’ve read while blogging.
The following is paraphrased from the novel I’m currently reading:
The character is on the phone. The British man says to her:
“We want to use the telly.”
My reaction when reading: what does their wanting to watch the tv have to do with her being on the phone?
Reading on I realize that the author thinks the British use “telly” to mean phone. They don’t. “Telly” refers to television.
Lesson Learned: Don’t use slang unless you are positive of the meaning; if nothing else, google. If you don’t want to do that, just use the term common to your own language.
As a writer you always want to maintain the “fictional dream,” which is interrupted when you use the wrong word.