My kid brother (he's 12) decided that he wants to write something that's good enough to get published. I asked him write me a page so I could see where he is and give him some pointers/motivation, because I know how much that would've helped me when I tried things like this.
I was hoping you guys could take a look and toss some thoughts, too. Here's his thing. http://pastebin.com/XXs2n2br
>Learn the difference between story and plot
>subject matter is dull; think about what makes a book you enjoy reading enjoyable---replicate that
>read widely so as to improve vocabulary
>cut out all cliches unless you can justify their inclusion
>syntax is okay
I just finished a book, and the next one I read I want to just be one of those ones.
Please recommend me a bookt hat is just one of those ones
for me those ones have been
republic - plato
campaigns of napoleon - chandler
a military history and atlas of the napoleonic wars - esposito
>looking for shitty short story contests
>all of them ask for stories about social justice or against racism/sexism
I want to start a blog but don't know which site to use. I hope to accomplish two things with it: to keep a digital record of my journal entries so if my satchel gets stolen I won't be too upset, and to gain enough readers that I can use the blog to my advantage as a reference when I send queries to agents.
I posted this before and was recommended three sites, but I don't know how to decide, they all look the same to me. Also, I would like advice on how to attract readers. Any of you compromise yourselves enough to keep a blog?
Help me choose and I will help you
>Pascal's Wager: The Man Who Played Dice with God
>A Journey to the Center of the Earth
>Green Grass Running water
>The Wretched of the Earth
>In Cold Blood
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The only book I've actually read out of all of those is Frankenstein. But it was pretty cool, so maybe go with that I dunno.
>Franny and Zooey
>Epic of Gilgamesh
what should I read next lit?
Do you listen to audiobooks?
Was this book released at the perfect point in Pynchon's bibliography? It is often cited as Pynchon's worst or second worst, but I'm really enjoying it. It feels nice to have a fun, simple, California-hippie-themed break between Pynchon's two massive tomes.
I own several physical books that don't currently have audiobook versions available. I want to start recording some so that people who only listen to audiobooks can enjoy them. Yes I do it for free.
I think my voice is nice and deep enough and I have a high-quality microphone. Otherwise, what are some good conventions for reading an audiobook?
What do you like to hear in audiobooks?
Are there any good resources for making my vocal inflections more enjoyable for the listener?
Who are your favorite audiobook voice actors?
What are things you hate in some audiobooks?
Depp makes faggots of us all. Look at him! He looks like a chick who just got ravaged!
What are some other literary must-reads that are also page-turners? I really liked Tolstoy's character and world-building and found it extremely enjoyable to blow through (besides maybe a few pages on Russian farming).
Read whatever you find it's a "must-read", in /lit/ you'll find plenty, but the point is for you to enjoy. So don't get too obsessed with the must reads. Pick whatever you find interesting and read it
>The Art of Always Being Right: Thirty Eight Ways to Win When You Are Defeated
In my Amazon Basket right now. Is it worth it?
I want to be an asshole and annoy people, will this help me to do that?
>mfw I read today