The fear of running out of ideas – Writing Nightmares #11

Once upon a time, when I was young and foolish, I wanted to be a writer but did nothing to become one. I wanted to write but I didn’t take the time to put the words on paper. I had a journal and started some stories, but never finished one. I was paralysed by fear, … Continue reading The fear of running out of ideas – Writing Nightmares #11

Technical language – Writing nightmare #10

Roy Peter Clark in Writing Tools says that America is a nation of writers (and I think this can apply to every nation) because everyone has to write reports, memos, announcements and messages for business, professions, education. In his book Clark’s aim is to give writers of all kind the tools for a better writing, … Continue reading Technical language – Writing nightmare #10

Talking heads – Writing Nightmare #9

Do you remember You got mail the movie starring Meg Rayan e Tom Hanks? There’s a scene that, beside being a great example of dialogue, resonate with me very much. Joe Fox: [writing to "Shopgirl"] Do you ever feel you've become the worst version of yourself? That a Pandora's box of all the secret, hateful … Continue reading Talking heads – Writing Nightmare #9

Writing Nightmare? No, just… Challenge #8 – Minor characters

We need them. Because they have powers. They turn a simple story in a good story. They make a fictional world realistic. They make the reader want to know more. If well crafted, they can do great things. But they also cause more problems than you can imagine. Yes. I’m talking about minor characters. Have … Continue reading Writing Nightmare? No, just… Challenge #8 – Minor characters

Finding time – Writing Nightmare #7

If you are a writer, you know that inspiration comes suddenly and without warning. You may be on the bus, at work, at Church. Inspiration doesn’t ask for permission, it pops up in your head and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. There are a lot of different things that can trigger that … Continue reading Finding time – Writing Nightmare #7

Fan Fiction Fever – Writing Nightmare #6

They are a various family, they can be called with several names (sequels, prequels, retellings, what if), they can be professionally written, edited and published or they can be the result of amateur work shared on an online platform... but the truth is that they are fan-fictions, all of them. I know purists that abhor … Continue reading Fan Fiction Fever – Writing Nightmare #6

Descriptions – Writing (and reading) nigthmare #5

When well written and not too extensive they are a good way to bring the reader into the fictional world. When excessive and too detailed they kill the rhythm and bore the reader to death. I'm talking about descriptions. As a reader I don't really like novels full of descriptions. I still remember being assigned … Continue reading Descriptions – Writing (and reading) nigthmare #5