I love making lists. Simply writing everything down, categorized by the title, is always helpful and satisfying. Packing List, Things To Do List, Shopping List… Organization is only one of the reasons I keep lists of things. The other reason is to see and remember. Therefore, I have a list I keep every year: “The Books I Read in the Summer of 2015 (the current year)”.
It has been at least 10 years since I first started. I write the name of the book, the writer and the number of pages. Then I compare the list to last year’s to see how the page numbers or the number of the books changed. I know that the quality of the books is more important than the number of pages or the quantity of the books; but let’s be honest, Continue reading
Being on a break means reading books for me. Probably it is not only me; bookstores make a corner for books to be read on beach, usually light and fun. Nowadays I am reading W.Somerset Maugham’s Collected Short Stories. It is definitely not a beach-read, but I am not at a beach, so it is not a problem.
Maugham’s book I am reading nowadays.
I met Maugham’s stories this year, Continue reading
Bookstores and libraries are magical places full of stories. As we wander around and look at the shelves, we see numerous titles and colorful covers. Whispers from each book reach our ears and we choose the book with the loudest whisper, or the one that manages to talk to us.
How can a book talk to us? Continue reading
Writing has so many different aspects. We write to learn about ourselves, to tell people something, to relax, to make people laugh, cry, or to give a sense of belonging. All those reasons mean that we usually write things we know, or at least things we have an idea about. Memoir is the most prominent example where writers use their memories, thoughts and feelings. Not only nonfiction writers but also fiction writers may use what they have experienced, and build characters based on people they have or had in their lives.
Mark Twain has a relevant quote; it is clear and simple:
“Write what you know.” ~ Mark Twain
Almost two years ago, Continue reading
Taking a break from writing can be useful to refresh your ideas. There are many writers who advise to leave the synopsis, or an idea pitch for awhile, and when you return to your writing you can develop it with a new perspective. This is why we haven’t been writing a new post for our blog since the beginning of April. We have spent so much time on Continue reading
I write I write I write…
This was how I start writing if I do not feel like writing at the moment. My Playwriting Professor taught the technique, telling that if you start writing, anything, the rest will come. I agree that in order to write, you need to start writing. Maybe it is not that simple, but the first step brings the rest.
Even though inspirations are helpful for new ideas and sentences, you cannot wait for inspiration to write. Continue reading
A friend once told “I have a desire to write at worst times.” Probably it is the case for many people who like to write. I too want to write when I really do not have time. It seems like the inspiration is waiting the busiest times to whisper in my ear. A single sentence in a class discussion, a line of the news or the rhythm of a music can be an inspiration.
Inspiration sometimes comes in a sentence or an idea that is a part of a story. The best way is Continue reading
At the beginning of some books authors share quotes that have inspired them while writing the book. We, the audience, read the quotes, get into a certain mood, and then start the book, knowing the message that the author aims to convey. It is a very smart way of telling your audience what they can expect from your book, without limiting their imagination. Continue reading
Time is a very complicated and deep concept. Different experiences change our perspective and some years feel longer, depending on how much we grow.
As we research the past and listen to stories, time fades. Story telling is so powerful that it can erase the distance and unfamiliarity of time.
I am reading Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago, and one sentence particularly stood out to me: Continue reading