im halfway through foundation right now
Why is it the more I write and read, the more ideas somehow materialise inside my mind to fall in love with, and I feel a compulsory need, some underlying emotional urge to get them down from there onto paper before it's too late? And then why is it that they never stay in that perfect form of optimism, and as time passes, my endorsement of them wavers, until eventually I forget about them, leaving them minor plot points in a forgotten notebook? But that's the same with lots of people, I suppose. The more you come up with, the more likely some of it will have to be good and will eventually resonate within your conscious and implore you to actually finish it.
I'm making serious progress with my novel, I think it could be the one. Although I do wish I hadn't read Catcher In The Rye, it made me feel as if someone beat me to my own book sixty years previously. I do hope I finish the first draft quickly, for already my interest in it is becoming tried, and I would much rather be writing something universal and life-affirming, rather than personal and depressing. But I must finish this, because I do believe there's a small window of opportunity in the present in which its message can be communicated most effectively. It's difficult though.
I've read lots of stories in the last few days. More classic shorts, 'The Tell-Tale Heart'; 'The Raven'; some Alice Munroe stories; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. And I've delving into various novels, I've made a brief list of essential classics after consulting the internet, and right now I'm balancing 'Brave New World'; 'The Shining' and 'Pride and Prejudice'. There's some strange and curious magnetism in that prose of old that keeps drawing me in and wanting to read more, I really do feel I'd be one hundred times a better writer than I am now if I had simply read a lot more in the last half a decade than I actually did.
Psychedelics. Repeated listening to the Beatles and Animal Collective, as well as my recent reading of the works of Lewis Carrol, has made me want to try them. LSD, MDMA, anything, I don't really care. I feel it'd be good to help deal with questions of self-identity, and for creative influence. Has anyone here dabbled in psychedelics, what did you think of them?
Well, I open my eyes and I see things. I've seen spirits moving through the walls. I've seen a vortex coming through the wall. I've seen amorphous little balls of light bouncing all around in the front yard through the window. I've seen giant bugs on the floor. I was in a hotel room in Amarillo, Texas, and all I remember is standing on the bed and seeing the whole wall in front of me filled with lights that were [makes popping sound] popping like popcorn out of the wall. Then I'll wake up and I go "Wow, I was standing on my bed and staring at this wall."
You want to express yourself but when you try to completely articulate your thoughts into English you run into a roadblock; it sounds dumb, or there isn't a way to phase it properly, or there simply is no way to express your thoughts in totality. I find placing limits on your expressive form - using verse, writing from an exclusive perspective, limiting your description to simple plot (as Neil Gaiman suggests) - all assist in the creative process.
its also the case that the more you read the harder it is to write in a way that doesnt sound like the things youve read
also lord if you're on a short story kick read borges immediately
- placing limits on your expressive form - using verse - writing from an exclusive perspective - limiting your description to simple plot
Or maybe I do and I'd just like clarification.
8600 is a pretty great post count.
So are all of the late eight thousands actually. I could get used to this.
I'm on mobile right now, but basically by applying some restrictions on how you write (instead of open-ended prose) assists immensely. That's why poetry is so expressive.
does no fapping make you an author?
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It gives you time to be more productive than you usually would at least.
I'm bored so I'm going to hand out some Pitchfork scores for the stories I've read lately.
The Stranger: 8.6/10
The Great Gatsby: 9.3/10
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland: 8.4/10
The Catcher In The Rye: 9.7/10 Best New Music
i bought a french book from the book store yesterday (short stories by chateaubriand) but put it in my pocket while on the subway and i guess it fell out because it wasnt there anymore when i got off
the first couple pages were good too. very annoying.
The Shining: 9.3/10
The Curious Adventures of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: 8/10
The Bodysnatcher (Robert Louis Stevonson short story): 8.7/10
Fahrenheit 451: 9.7/10 BEST NEW MUSIC
What's the point of rating something /10 if you're going to just use different decimals anyways.
this thread... ★ ★ ★ /10
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