One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read The Metamorphosis. The first line almost knocked me off the bed. I was so surprised. The first line reads, “As Gregor Samsa awoke that morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect… .” When I read the line I thought to myself that I didn’t know anyone was allowed to write things like that. If I had known, I would have started writing a long time ago. So I immediately started writing short stories.
— Gabriel García Márquez
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Collection of stories by N Shiels, with each story analyzed by I Write Like:
Note on I Write Like: at the head of each story you’ll see “I Write Like says…”. While writing these experimental stories, I thought I’d check ‘em out against Dmitry Chestnykh’s website to see what happened and I decided to keep the results and stick ‘em in here for interest […]
January 2, 2014 at 8:00am
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November 21, 2013 at 9:46am
"Self-publishing is different in the age of the Kindle.
Before, the self-publishing industry was basically offering amateur authors ego masturbation. Can’t get published by a publishing house? Publish yourself so you can call yourself a “published author.” The prospect of making money off of your work was asymptotically approaching zero. You have to find a local bookstore who will carry your book. Or distribute it on word of mouth. Or more than likely put a bunch of copies of it on the shelves of your writing room at home. Or give them away. Or burn them for warmth because you spent your heating oil money to become a published author. Basically, it was impossible to reach an identifiable fraction of success of a book published by a traditional house.
In the age of the Kindle, self-publishing is a more worthwhile endeavor. I can get my work out to the masses via the power of the internet, and they can easily pick it up for a reasonable price. No major bricks-and-mortar bookstore was going to carry your Edgar Rice Burroughs wannabe swords-and-tits fantasy novel. But now the biggest bookstore in the world, Amazon, will. And you can sell it at a price that would bankrupt a traditional publisher. A price attainable for all the teenagers that are your target audience. And you might even make money off of it in the end.
So I think your writing professors were correct. But they were correct in the 80’s, and they’re dumbasses now.”
— 47Ronin on Reddit r/writing
Agents look at countless partial and full manuscripts. What’s one thing that turns us off quick? Unoriginal and unexciting openings.
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After years of fighting, Coding Robots today declared that it accepted the defeat, and it is now okay to call their software ‘apps.’
"We do not care anymore. You can call our programs whatever you like, ‘apps’ or ‘shmapps’," said the company’s founder , "We just want to continue making these awesome things."…
Carrie by Stephen King:
“We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.”
Animal Farm by George Orwell:
“It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA”
“I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.”
…it was a book written by J.K. Rowling. It received terrific reviews. It was published by great publishers. And it didn’t take off.
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