This fantastic post by Flavorwire gathers pages of handwritten manuscripts from classic novels. Jane Austen, John Steinbeck, F. Scott, Fitzgerald,… They’re all there! Gaze at the hand of masters, and see who actually rewrote their stuff.
Over the last year I have received a lot of requests from aspiring writers/screenwriters to read their stuff. Especially interns at the newspaper I work for, tend to target me. I will not go into the question whether this is a case of asking the blind to lead the blind, since answering that one won’t make me happy.
I don’t mind proofreading stuff, I like it actually. On the condition that it’s a serious attempt at writing.
Here is a top five of the most annoying things I’ve heard from people who want me to read their manuscript: Continue reading
I try to work on my manuscript a little bit every day, but in the weekend I get to write for hours on end. By Sunday evening I should even be able to see a noticeable difference in my word count. When I have been writing on a new chapter, it should have went up (fun fun fun!), if I have been rewriting, it should have gone down quite a bit (less fun, but necessary).
Yet every Sunday evening, when I look at what I’ve really achieved… well, it kinda makes me feel like sticking my pants down and moon the hell out of everybody who spent the whole weekend chilling by a poolside sipping beer. Especially my boss, who expects me back on the job the following morning. Continue reading
Writing is nog about finding good ideas. It’s about recognizing a good idea when it pops into your head, Stephen King wrote in “On writing”. Well, I don’t remember the exact quote, and I’m not in the mood to look it up, but it was something of the kind. Continue reading