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Mar 24, 2014

Paul Theroux on becoming a writer

Theroux: The process of discovering how to see things, or how to hear things, comes so slowly I think that when you’re in your teens and your 20s your writing changes from day to day. Or week to week. Your writing doesn’t set in any sensible way until later, after you’ve written quite a few things. Until after you’ve begun to write from a position of strength and confidence, when you know what you’re saying is either imaginative, or original, or interesting.

Interviewer: And how do you find that out?

Theroux: I think by doing it. By doing a lot of it. I think that one of the problem with people who write is that they don’t write enough and they don’t throw enough away. Everyone should be encouraged to write as much as possible and to read as much as possible. A lot of writers don’t read. And it’s astonishing how an average person often reads more books than a writer. Writer says: “I don’t have time to read.” But anyone who is growing up and wants to be a writer has to read and then has to forget all that reading. Stop reading. But you have to know what has happened in literary history and what people have done and have a sense of a past. Not your personal past but the past in literature.

When did this happen to me? I think probably… Everything seems to have happened to me after I’ve got out of school. After I left my family. If you’re asking me when did things began to happen, I think it’s when I ran away, when I stopped studying, when I stopped going to school, when I stopped listening to people telling me what I should do. 

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What is to come

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Taking a photo is bringing a fracture of an event into history. Photos now live longer due to new internet lifestyle. They won’t disintegrate, paper won’t get affected by time, colours won’t vanish. The internet keeps them alive for a long time, even though they might get lost in the ocean of bits and bytes.

Every photo is just a slice of the story; something had to happen before it was taken and the story has to continue somehow. And that’s exactly why this blog came to existence.

Reuters published their Best photos of the year 2013 and they bring up so many emotions it’s almost impossible not to see a story behind every single one of them. My goal is to write a flash fiction stories to some of them. Probably not all of them and probably not just to those of the Reuters’ list.

So from the January 1, 2014 on, you’ll find here a short story every now and then. I highly encourage collaboration, so if there are writers out there that would be interested, let me know. :)

Dec 19, 2013 / 11,369 notes

jtotheizzoe:

Ha! Dawkins looks like a kid who just snuck a cookie before dinner.

Love this.

Dec 13, 2013 / 119,809 notes

best-of-funny:

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Story of my life.

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Coming 2014

photosliterally:

Something literally amazing will be here soon.

New project, you should keep an eye on this one.

A perfect vocation is the thing that you’re willing to be stubborn enough to stick with.
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David Mitchell on How to Create Characters

 David Mitchell explained in BBC Radio 4 Bookclub how he develops different characters with unique voices.

What you do is write letters to yourself. Literally. ‘Dear David, my name is Timothy Cavendish, I’m in my sixties, we’ve met once before few years ago when you wrote Ghostwritten. Person I love most in the world is this. What I’m afraid most of in the world is this. What I think about god, money, sex, work is this, this, this and this.’ You cover about twenty basis and you use their language. Not my language because they’re writing a letter to me. Do that two or three times and they’re kind of real enough to then stand on their own feet and talk. That’s it.  

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Your job is to see people as they really are, and to do this, you have to know who you are in the most compassionate possible sense. Then you can recognize others.
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