As you readers must now by now (because I’m bitching about it all the time) – I write books. Most of all I try to write entertaining books and although I’ve been flirting around with different genres – they’re all contemporary. I don’t see myself writing a World War II novel any time soon. I probably won’t write a crime novel either, but who knows?
I wrote a guest blog on Curriculum Creativity, a site devoted to the noble goal of improving outcomes and experiences for children. It’s about creative writing and the beauty of storytelling. Below you’ll find the full post.
Writing is magical and we all love magic, don’t we? The famous author Stephen King said that writing to him is a kind of telepathy, because using only a piece of paper, written ages ago, you communicate with another person, sending them images, emotions, whatever you want to transmit. If you want to call it magic or telepathy is up to you, but it’s definitely something special. I like to call it a gift.
1. Write. You need to do something a LOT to get good at it. That goes for everything, including writing.
2. Read. The best and only way to really study the craft. Don’t only read one type of books or one genre. Read a bit of everything. Study, reflect, analyze. To stay reading a lot always bring books with you. Keep books on your phone (if you have a smartphone), get a e-book reader like a Kindle.
Well the number is, as you may have guessed, infinite. But it shouldn’t take that many times for you to get tired of the story or the characters and die to start another project.
It’s like cutting down trees in a dense forest. You’re killing your darlings, your favorite paragraphs, maybe even characters, to get the thing more coherent, to flow better. What I find tough is seeing the whole when your editing a part, a chapter, a couple of paragraphs.
Is On Writing by super famous thriller writer Stephen King. King is often taken very lightly in “serious” literary circles, but although his subject is most often horror and thrillers, a genre disliked by literary award committees, there’s no doubt that he’s a great writer who knows how as well as anyone how to tell a story. It’s just that his stories are a bit on the gory side sometimes.
I have been writing since I was 15 and for each year that pass I realise more and more how difficult it is (does that tell me to quit? No.). Now I am up in the countryside of Dalarna, Sweden, on vacation, trying to put pages together while fighting an intense fight with self-doubt. It is a rollercoaster ride really, sometimes exhilarating other times depressing. Your mood shifts depending on how easy the words flow. Sometimes you are blocked and you need to squeeze out the sentences like you’re taking a nasty shit and sometimes you reach that high when you roll down the highway, stereo blasting and sun beating on your neck and you want to sing at the top of your voice. Then you can’t stop because it is too much fun and you don’t know what tomorrow will be like.
This is not my first blog, but probably the most focused one. I used to write “Life on Malta” (Swedish) before which you now find in a more structured form under Malta för svenskar and after that I co-wrote a blog about marketing with Daniel called Kalasblogg. You will find a little best of in Best of Kalasblogg. I hope you like it!