Friday, 27 March 2015

The Quotidian

“No matter what a person does to cover up and conceal themselves, when we write and lose control, I can spot a person from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina a mile away even if they make no exact reference to location. Their words are lush like the land they come from, filled with nine aunties, people named Bubba. There is something extravagant and wild about what they have to say — snakes on the roof of a car, swamps, a delta, sweat, the smell of sea, buzz of an air conditioner, Coca-Cola — something fertile, with a hidden danger or shame, thick like the humidity, unspoken yet ever-present. 

Often when a southerner reads, the members of the class look at each other, and you can hear them thinking, gee, I can't write like that. The power and force of the land is heard in the piece. These southerners know the names of what shrubs hang over what creek, what dogwood flowers bloom what color, what kind of soil is under their feet. 

I tease the class, "Pay no mind. It's the southern writing gene. The rest of us have to toil away.” 

- Natalie Goldberg

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Quotidian

"All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories."

- Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

One to Watch Wednesday - God's Captain

I first came across this a few weeks ago. Spotting it in the forums prompted me to revisit it, as I had enjoyed the opening scenes.

It takes a certain confidence and mastery of one's subject matter to write entertaining and convincing historical fiction. Jemahl Evans certainly fulfills those criteria, as a history teacher with an MA in the subject. 

God's Captain is the sequel to The Last Roundhead, which is to be published by Holland House Books later this year. His writing is well paced, humorous and action filled.

The Quotidian

"The writer is the duelist who never fights at the stated hour, who gathers up an insult, like another curious object, a collector's item, spreads it out on his desk later, and then engages in a duel with it verbally. Some people call it weakness. I call it postponement. What is weakness in the man becomes a quality in the writer. For he preserves, collects what will explode later in his work. That is why the writer is the loneliest man in the world; because he lives, fights, dies, is reborn always alone; all his roles are played behind a curtain. In life he is an incongruous figure."

- Anaïs Nin

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Workbench

The Workbench is a new feature where we post a prompt, image, or basic premise, and you write a short scene/extract around it and post it in the comments. It's a great way for you to showcase your ability and persuade us to check out your work on Authonomy.

The Quotidian

"To present a whole world that doesn’t exist and make it seem real, we have to more or less pretend we’re polymaths. That’s just the act of all good writing."

- William Gibson

Monday, 23 March 2015

The Quotidian

"One kind of good book should leave you asking: how did the author know that about me?"

- Alain de Botton