People probably describe me as a literature snob. In fact, I know I have had arguments about this often. I usually talk about how much I hate twilight or chick lit and how terrible Stephanie Meyers’ writing is without ever having read more than a few excerpts. Long excerpts, but I haven’t read the entire book, nor the entire series.
However, I have been thinking about my hatred of certain pop fiction and I think I should give one book a chance. And I will let you , the reader, choose the popular fiction book that I read. I’m hoping that I am pleasantly surprised.
I’ve left the poll open to other suggestions so that if some independent romance novelist wants me to review their book, if they get enough friends to come to this blog and vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice. So come on and pick your favorite book, just remember no literature, only fiction, I want James Patterson’s, Nora Jones’, Stephanie Meyers’. I want you to suggest Romance, Werewolf and Vampire teen fiction, Lawyer Thrillers, and Chick Lit mommy dramas. The only caveat is that I have to be able to find the book on Amazon, I really prefer to buy my books there, it’s quick and easy.
And I promise I will base my review on the book, I won’t compare it to Colum McCann or Junot Diaz. I will evaluate it on the strength of the novel, the style that the author is trying to portray, how engaging it is, how much work it required to get me to finish the book, how memorable it is, and how likely I would be to recommend it to someone I like.
I’m not all the way through it yet. A cold and some day trips will do that to you. Also I’ve been reading a lot of other books to review for you. It’s still better than college where I had to read at least 50 pages of dense academic articles every night. Let me first say that On Writing is no where near as dry and weighty as those papers I read in college.
Stephen Kings writing from the first half of the book is great, he is able to easily relate the story of his life and writing advice with much ease. From the first half he has really related a lot of good advice for the aspiring writer. He regales the reader with a story of how he had received advice from his first rejection letter for a story he had written and set to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The advice he received was “Don’t staple manuscripts. Loose pages plus paper-clip equal correct way to submit copy.” He also tells of how he took that first rejection letter wrote the name of the story and put it onto a nail and as the years when by he had tons of stories hung to that nail and eventually replaced it with a spike.
Doesn’t it make you think that if Stephen King got all those rejection letters that anything is possible? I know it makes me more determined to apply to a MFA program mainly because what’s the worse that could happen? And also this makes me determined to start submitting more stories because if award winning Stephen King can get hundreds if not thousands of them, I’m sure I can too.
What was your favorite part of the story so far?
Day 6 of Frights: How to Write Horror Stories
I don’t write much Horror. In fact, until I had decided to do the 31 day’s of Frights I never even tried to write any horror. Most of what I write is obscure stories about Griffins and Mermaids. However, I do like horror movies, television shows, and novels and figured that you would too.
I met Nathan Englander once, he spoke to my creative writing class about how to be a writer. Now, I know he isn’t a horror writer but his advice speaks to any person who ever wanted to take a pen to paper and write. He said to find an author who’s writing you like, and copy their style until you create your own. In Stephen King’s On Writing, he tells the story of the first time he ever wrote anything as a child and how he basically just copied the writing of another until his mother told him to try it himself. I do this, I read a lot of different stories by a lot of different writers about dystopias because I know that eventually it’ll sink into my head how to write a dystopian novel that is all my own. Continue reading
Okay, so by now you are all busy trying to write a scary flash fiction story for the contest; however, I’ve found something interesting.
Over at Curiosity Quills they are preforming a give away for an Amazon Kindle Fire that’s coming out soon! Really cool right?
So head on over there and join in to the contest.
Amazon really did some amazing things this week by announcing newer and more cost effective Kindles. This is totally awesome because, as you know, I hate Barnes and Noble’s nook. I’ve hinted at my hatred of B&N a number of times and while there is intense locking down of the Amazon Kindle they have way more books and better customer service. Now I can’t speak to the functionality of the new Kindles but the Nook that I purchased was rife with problems. The screen kept breaking and it was then that I vowed to never again be duped by B&N.
This is the Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6″
It sells for $79 with special offers
or $109 without.
It sports a One Month battery life
and can fit in your pocket.
$149 and $189.
Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display
It comes in WiFi only and is priced at $199.
You can read magazine and also play games.
The best part is no need to buy an expensive iPad
because you can watch Amazon Prime movies too.
Amazon Prime is awesome because you also get tons
of free 2-day shipping which comes in handy during the holidays.
The Kindle Fire comes on on November 15, while the others are available now for purchase. This seems like an excellent holiday gift. And even more excellent if you can get one for free by joining the contest featured above.
Also don’t forget to keep writing for the Flash Fiction Contest I’ve added in the Trick r’ Treat DVD and am currently mulling over what the best book to add to the prize would be.
The inaugural book of the Write Read Watch book club will be Stephen King’s book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. The book, published in 2000, is part memoir and part writing guide. According to Roger Ebert, “On Writing [has] more useful and observant things to say about the craft than any book since Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.” Personally, Stephen King wrote a large number of the books and movies that I have loved from my childhood years up to my current adulthood. Although many people would put his books in the column of junk food fiction, I really do not care.
It was scary, I had never understood why anyone would be scared of clowns until I saw that evil Pennywise. The Shining is quite possibly the best book about alcoholism and writers block that I have ever read and the best movie to boot. In fact, even had you never learned how to read (I am assuming you can read because this is a heavily text based blog) Stephen King’s stories have filtered in to movies and television shows not including the ones based on his books. It is for this reason that I find it so important to see what he has to say about writing. He writes some great books overall and some great horror in particular.
Therefore, the hard stuff, in about 2 weeks from now, on or about October 11, 2011, I’ll talk about the first half of the book somewhere up to about 144 pages in, I haven’t really read the book and I have the ebook version so it makes it hard for me to see where sections begin and end. The second half will be at the end of the month either the last Tuesday in October or the First Tuesday in November.
Buy the book here: On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
Also, I’m terribly sorry, yesterday was movie Monday and I didn’t write up my review. I am going to post that tomorrow.
So as you can see, I’ve updated the look of the blog to what I believe is a more flowing design. I will be adding more during the coming week. And I will start posting more articles and information.
Some changes to come are:
Book Club – I’m going to start posting up a book every other week that we can all read and enjoy. And hopefully have some really interesting conversations about. If you have any suggestions please either leave a comment below or check out the comment page and leave a comment.
Book Reviews – The goal is for me to provide my readers with some interesting book reviews. I will attempt to keep them as new as possible and hopefully some really interesting independent stuff.
Writing Advice & Prompts – Talking about writing is very important for writers. Continuing this dialogue will help us all me and you both become the best writers we can be.
Movie & Television Reviews – I would like to provide more movie reviews like I used to. I don’t know why I haven’t been, especially since my movie theater shows new movies for 5 bucks.
Short Stories – I like to write, but I’m very secretive of my short stories. Going to stop that and start putting them out there for you all to read and comment on.
I know that it is a really big plan and hopefully with a little caffeine and some gumption I can produce some really helpful and fun content for you.