Monthly Archives: January 2016

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 – The Write Life

The internet is chock-full of writing resources, advice, guides and more.

I always found the website Write to Done quite informative, but there are many others on this list that may be suited to you and your writing path.

Very nicely, The Write Life has put together a list of 100 useful websites.

“Kick your writing career into high gear with this year’s list of the best writing websites.”

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Queen of Angels by Greg Bear – a review

Scifi has always been a genre to break barriers, to push imagination to its limits, to test gender and ideological theories. I love scifi, and it proves once again that genre can be and is as literary as any literary novel.

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cover of Queen of Angels by Greg Bear 1991 Queen of Angels by Greg Bear 1991

“Why did the self-aware individual look in the mirror in the first place?
To define its limits.

Why did the self-aware individual look in the mirror?
To understand its existence in relation to others.

Why did the self-aware individual look in the mirror?
To confirm that it was not nothing.

When I started Queen of Angels I didn’t realise how complex it would be – Bear throws everything at this book: psychological development, health and breakdown; socio-political norms, constraints and conflicts; justice and free will; religion and myth; the search for alien life on a newly discovered planet; the development of self-aware AI; nanotech; national conflict; race, racism, identity and appropriation… I could go on.

The Basics

Queen of Angels is set primarily in a near-future version of LA, which could be described as a utopia – the majority of the population…

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Umberto Eco on ‘taste for plot’

Narrativity presumes a special taste for plot. And this taste for plot was always very present in the Anglo-Saxon countries and that explains their high quality of detective novels.

Umberto Eco

 

Is it true?

With all my admiration for Eco, I wouldn’t want to dismiss other nations and cultures’ sense for plot.

 

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The Five Elements of a Story Source -… – The Writer’s Circle

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5 story elements

Apart from the fact that I love diagrams, this one is delightfully non-prescriptive and makes you think (as a writer) about all the possibilities and layers you can have in your stories.

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David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books | Electric Literature

The world lost one of its greatest cultural figures today, as legendary musician David Bowie passed away at age 69. He died after a battle with cancer. Bowie

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