I remember only once when I enjoyed the movie better than the book. It was “The Hours”. The movie is full of new discoveries when you re-watch it, but I never had any thoughts to go back to reading the book.

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Anne Enright - On Writing

1. The first 12 years are the worst.
2. The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.
3. Only bad writers think that their work is really good.
4. Description is hard. Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand.
5. Write whatever way you like. Fiction is made of words on a page; reality is made of something else. It doesn’t matter how “real” your story is, or how “made up”: what matters is its necessity.
6. Try to be accurate about stuff.
7. Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you ­finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.
8. You can also do all that with whiskey.
9. Have fun.
10. Remember, if you sit at your desk for 15 or 20 years, every day, not ­counting weekends, it changes you. It just does. It may not improve your temper, but it fixes something else. It makes you more free.

This advice was first published in The Guardian

Anne Enright is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. 

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Main creative ideas

So I decided to start this yet another blog because I need to practice my writing somewhere, need to jot down my ideas, develop plot and character and just inspire myself to stick to my ambitions and stories. I’ll start with briefly mentioning a few ideas I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. They’re contradictory in their essence, but I hope that one day I’ll manage to get both these stories done.

Story #1

This story is about a boy who wants to become a writer. He gets carried away by reading. Once he accidently finds out that he has the ability to make his writing come to life. He writes some rather meaningless short story about his friend going on vacation to the city of her dreams and it instantly comes true. He can’t believe it at first and treats this as a half-coincidental episode. Then after some time passes, he almost forgets about ‘his ability’ and gets in a serious row with his parents about his future career, life, etc. He gets really angry and upset and writes a story about his parents drowning in a lake. His parents really die exactly in the way he imagined it in his story. This obviously comes as a shock to him and he decides never to use his ability again. He also stops all communication with his childhood friend, being afraid to accidently hurt her and pursues a career of a non-fiction writer (some kind of rare type of writing, I still haven’t figured out quite exactly what’s it going to be).  Eventually, after the terror of his parents death fades from his memory, he starts using his abilities again for small perks (women, luxury, food, etc), but then he meets his childhood friend again, they fall in love and he can only save her from certain death by using his abilities. He starts mastering his skills by using his abilities almost all the time, to make sure no one gets hurt, but unfortunately to save his love he was forced to kill her mother.  After that she finds out about everything – finds his notes, for example (she was suspicious before, but didn’t actually know the truth), so she cuts him out of her life, she can’t forgive him. So he goes completely bonkers, uses his ability for crazy stuff, hurting people, creating disgusting nasty scenes. At some point (what kind of point will it be?), he decides to put an end to it by destroying the whole city and starting over again. He decides to save only his love, but she refuses to play his games. In the end he really destroys the city, but doesn’t know whether his love is safe or not.

Now, I still have to fully create the main characters, their background, character, family, style, habits, etc. That’s what I’ll do in my future entries here. Then I also have to figure out a father figure for the main character. Initially I thought it’s going to be his friend’s father, but I still have no idea who his friend is, when and where they meet and why they become friends.

Then one of the main things I have to figure out is the ‘Genius’ story line. The Genius is supposed to be a creature which makes the main character’s writing come to life. I might figure out another name for it later, but I liked the mythical idea about ‘a genius’ being a separate entity that helps you with your creativity, so you can blame it on this entity if you fail. I still have to figure out when will be the first time the main character sees his Genius, how does it look like, what kind of voice, language it has? What’s the purpose of this Genius, where does it come from? Is it alone? How many are there? First the Genius will be tempting the main character to write, but later when he starts using his abilities for evil, the Genius will try to talk him out of it. In the end, the main character will still hate his Genius.

Story #2

This story has no characters yet and no plot at all yet. I thought about it once when I had a rather peaceful and calm moment driving home from a party night in a bus. The idea of this story is that there’s a character. Most probably a teenage girl (age 17, I think), she’s an ambitious girl trying to find her place in the world. The idea is that her life goes on normally, nothing extraordinary happens, there’s romance, studying, work, dreams, plans, things she does, things she puts off. And then suddenly, just out of the blue, she dies. The theme is obvious – what is the purpose of such lives? What’s the purpose that this person ever existed when life didn’t give her the opportunity to accomplish anything?

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So here they are, two of my best ideas at the moment. I’m quite surprised I managed to write so much about them. Some things I actually didn’t know about my stories (especially the first one) until I sat down today and really put my mind to it. I’m sure this blog will help me develop my ideas and inspire me to write more often even if I hate what I write (and I most certainly will, most of the time).