“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
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 […]
"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.”
A book discovery service with an innovative twist: all you see here is one chapter from a story without knowing who wrote it, whether it was self-published or traditional, its synopsis, its title, or what its cover looks like.
“One doesn’t choose the style. You can investigate and try to discover what the best style would be for a theme. But the style is determined by the subject, by the mood of the times. If you try to use something that is not suitable, it just won’t work.”—Gabriel García Márquez
“Locke makes less money with his 99-cent gambit than he would selling the same number of books with a traditional publisher.”
Are you sure he’d sell the same number of books? Why didn’t he price his books at $100 then?
Dear Carolyn, may I point you to this very useful article on Wikipedia: Supply and demand. Look at the curve. Read the explanation. I’m sure what you learn from it will improve your future articles and prevent you from writing bogus claims.
“If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing.”—Ernest Hemingway
"Blogging has become increasingly popular during the last few years. People of all ages enjoy this relatively new trend. However, there are some reasons why you may decide that keeping a personal diary is preferable to blogging."
"You want to write a story? Fine. Put away your dictionary, your encyclopedias, your World Almanac, and your thesaurus. Better yet, throw your thesaurus into the wastebasket. The only things creepier than a thesaurus are those little paperbacks college students too lazy to read the assigned novels buy around exam time. Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule. You think you might have misspelled a word? O.K., so here is your choice: either look it up in the dictionary, thereby making sure you have it right - and breaking your train of thought and the writer’s trance in the bargain - or just spell it phonetically and correct it later. Why not? Did you think it was going to go somewhere? And if you need to know the largest city in Brazil and you find you don’t have it in your head, why not write in Miami, or Cleveland? You can check it … but later. When you sit down to write, write. Don’t do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off."
It’s a hard subject to get a handle on. People like myself who grew up with books have a prejudice towards them. I think a lot of critics would argue that the Kindle is the right place for a lot of books that are disposable, books that are read on the plane. That might include my own books, if not all, then some.”
Every November, tens of thousands of people sign up for National Novel Writing Month and attempt to write a 50,000-word novel. Baty, the brains behind this competition, has produced an uproariously funny motivational manifesto so readers can get a leg-up in his race or in the larger publishing game. The key is to lower your expectations “from ‘best-seller’ to ‘would not make someone vomit,’” says Baty, who maintains that stress and a deadline are important parts of writing. Aimed at the nonserious, with an emphasis on summoning creativity and having a life-changing experience, this original approach will appeal to anyone up for a challenge. -Library Journal
"Currently, I’m selling an average of 7000 self-pubbed ebooks a month on Kindle. Those numbers are for 19 self-pubbed titles, though the top 6 account for more than 75% of my sales, roughly 5000 per month."