Who here /r9k/?
What're my robots reading today?
How do I go about finding a writing mentor?
I made the mistake of being mentored by someone European asswipe I met on a IMDB board. I showed him a script I wrote and he said it was bad and I should drop the script and do some other story. He didn't even give me any proper critique and didn't care to articulate what was wrong with it.
I don't care if a mentor hates my writing. I just care that a mentor can guide me in the right direction to make my writing better. I think my biggest thing is that my writing lacks voice so a mentor would help push...
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Why don't you let some books be your mentor(s)?
A lot of what I've learned from writing, I've learned from novels and short stories and plays. Faulkner and Melville and Homer and Shakespeare and more have taught me a great deal.
I've been attempting to make more time for reading books. It's really tough with school and work. But agreed. Good old reading is the best way to learn about writing and to improve your writing.
But having my mom read my stuff and saying she loved it and my friends going "It's good" is all nice and boosts my self esteem, but constructive criticism is very welcome too which is what I need.
Hey /lit/ I'm looking for some history books on certain topics could anyone help me out?
I'm interested in the French revolution, the Russian revolution, and the Berlin wall, anyone know any good recommendations?
Also general history books thread
I have $100 to spend on books. Help a /fag/ out and make a nice haul for me. Somewhere between 7 or 8 titles that are fairly unique etc.jpg.
Doesn't matter what I have read. Just want to see what /lit/ can organically cook up for me.
Hint: I love most classics you can name especially the Russians.zip., I'm kind of over po-mo (at least the heavy staples i.e., Wallace, Pynchon, Delillo, etc.), and every piece of South American lit I have read has proven to not be my style. Not really a genre person, but am open to try new things.
"Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources - Miller
Invisible Man - Ellison
American Tabloid, Cold Six Thousand - James Ellroy
The Shepherd's Life - James Rebanks
No One Left to Lie To - Christopher Hitchens
Something by Sjon, Raduan Nassar, Sandor Marai
Homer thread, discuss the Illiad and Odyssey
reading Iliad right now. Not sure what to make of it. only a hundred pages into the lattimore. that trojan and achaian listing nearly did me in, and i can't remember any of them, so the book after it is a bit difficult without knowing which one is a greek or a trojan.
ITT: post songs that encapsulate the themes, tone, or just general feel of a certain book
I don't know if this makes sense to anyone else
Has anyone on /lit/ read this book? What'd ya think?
>hurr durr muh merica
worst piece of shit that i have read.
Has anyone on /lit/ read Cartesian Sonata by Gass? What'd you think? I was thinking about picking it up before diving into the Tunnel, good idea?
Does anyone have advice on applying writing abilities to fiction/storytelling?
As a child I loved fiction. but as a teenager I pretty much exclusively read non-fiction - articles, essays, and informative books. I read constantly, but mostly ignored fiction for those years. Then, in college, I started reading fiction again. Early in college I wrote a short story that was pretty good, and was highlighted by an instructor, but then I churned out a bunch of atrocious, awful short stories. I'd applied minimal effort to them, so when I learned from others...
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first of all learn to use paragraphs
second, just write a lot of fiction and don't expect it to be good
simultaneously read a lot of good fiction, study what makes them good, and hope it trickles into your own writing
that's pretty much it
I suppose you could try creative nonfiction first but all this really doesn't matter
So, I've just recently self published my own fiction novel, mostly to see if I could, and also for the challenge. Are there any other authors (Self published or otherwise?) who would like new audiences for their work? Post details here. I'll definitely read new work if i get a chance.
Was writing a story about writer's block that at the moment is one hold due to.... you guessed it.
Worked on this in the mean time.
It's about a teenager who has the ability to feel the pain and negative emotions of others. She is victim to this ability one night and subsequently arrested for the murder of a young woman. Over the course of the book she attempts to discover the killer, only to be thrown into a mystery that leads to further violence.
Should I read this /lit/?
What translations/editions of Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus should I get? I would prefer a single volume of all the plays of a playwright.
I currently have a subscription to Loeb Classical Library but their translations, as academic and accurate, are usually bland.
No translation is that much better than the other. For Euripides, I used a Dover edition called ten plays. I think my Aeschylus was just a penguins classic. Hope this helps.
If you're REALLY needing a definite answer, just find out which editions a university near you uses.
I don't know about Euripides, sorry anon,
For Sopocles and Aeschylus ... the Robert Fagles translation of The Oresteia is excellent if very pretty, but the Christopher Collard one is also good, just more 'scholarly' if that makes sense.
For Sophocles, Edith Hall or the one in the Everyman Library. Can't remember who did it off the top of my head.
> boring prose
> boring plot
> boring characters, despite being character-driven
Wtf @ this unbook. It's about 700 pages long, and I'm about 450 pages in, should I keep going? I'm losing steam now. Does it get better or something? Why do people on this board say it's good, because it's emotional? Why did the sign at my local Waterstones say it was "incredible", other than to sell the book?
Yeah, but...they could've just said it was "good. It also had its own table. And a bag with the names of the characters on.
This book is as overrated, maybe, as City on Fire.
Just finished marathon reading this book trilogy book
Did I like it?
It really doesn't do anything new or interesting with the form, opting instead for tired rote repetition. If anything, it represents the tardy death throes of a meme fated for obscurity and, sadly, with a real possibility of replacement with something worse. Still: saged and hidden.