Getting things done
Posted on August 31, 2012
Am finally getting around to reading Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft which was mentioned in several of the writing courses I took. I appreciated reading that King went through “periods of idleness followed by periods of workaholic frenzy.” It actually made me feel better to read that someone as prolific a writer as King goes through spells of inactivity. If I’m not writing or doing something “productive”, I’m often plagued by guilt.
I read two interesting pieces about writing and writers today worth passing along:
Writers of Korean descent
Posted on August 30, 2012
Stumbled onto this list of American writers of Korean descent. I read Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee years ago. Great book. The protagonist, Henry, is a man caught between two worlds – Korean and American, and finds himself belonging to neither.
The single story
Posted on August 29, 2012
Chimamanda Adichie is a novelist originally from Kenya. In this clip, she talks about the danger of listening to a single story about a culture or a country, and about how she found her authentic voice.
Does it even need a name?
Posted on August 28, 2012
Just added some background information about the book that I’m writing. The convenience store in my story remains nameless. I often struggle with names and sometimes even dread having to name a character. Like many writers, I often look up names to see if their meanings match the characters I’m creating. The other challenge is knowing people with the names I want to use in a story. I still need to overcome my fear of offending readers – although I’ve come a long way since I first started writing. Writing, even fiction, requires courage sometimes.
I’m wondering if the store in my book needs a name or if it should remain nameless, a generic random store in the heart of Toronto to represent the hundreds of other convenience stores all over the city. Thoughts?
Posted on August 27, 2012
So far, I’ve spent yesterday and today trying to build this website/blog. Check out the links pages. There’s already over a hundred links to different resources for writers and readers.
Posted on August 26, 2012
This is my first official blog entry.