23 4 / 2014

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1. Don’t think that being published will make you happy. It will for four weeks, if you are lucky. Then it’s the same old fucking shit.

2. Hemingway was fucking wrong. You shouldn’t write drunk. (See my third novel for details.)

3. Hemingway was also right. ‘The first draft of everything is shit.’

4. Never ask a publisher or agent what they are looking for. The best ones, if they are honest, don’t have a fucking clue, because the best books are the ones that seemingly come from nowhere.

5. In five years time the semi-colon is going to be nothing more than a fucking wink.

6. In five years time every fucking person on Twitter will be a writer.

7. Ignore the fucking snobs. Write that space zombie sex opera. Just give it some fucking soul.

8. If it’s not worth fucking reading, it’s not worth fucking writing. If it doesn’t make people laugh or cry or blow their fucking minds then why bother?

9. Don’t be the next Stephen King or the next Zadie Smith or the next Neil Gaiman or the next Jonathan Safran fucking Foer. Be the next fucking you.

10. Stories are fucking easy. PLOT OF EVERY BOOK EVER: Someone is looking for something. COMMERCIAL VERSION: They find it. LITERARY VERSION: They don’t find it. (That’s fucking it.)

11. No-one knows anything. Especially fucking me. Except:

12. Don’t kill off the fucking dog.

13. Oh, yeah, and lastly: write whatever you fucking want.

"

Matt Haig, “Some Fucking Writing Tips” (via alcantrez)

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22 4 / 2014

fixyourwritinghabits:

I want to particularly highlight this bit:

STEP 4B: AVOID RESEARCH

I’m unsure whether not doing something can be a step. But that’s not important. What’s important is avoiding research. I’m serious. Research is useful in two phases: the idea phase and the rewriting phase. In between, research is a stupid boring voice that says, It doesn’t work like that. You know what? I’m writing this story, I’ll tell you how it goddamn works. I’ll make it plausible in rewrites.

Because for real, if you’re in the middle of your first draft, your one and only job is to get through that first draft. Make a note and fix it later. Lately I’ve been shooting myself in the foot by trying to find the exact location of a building that doesn’t exist anymore. For two hours. When I could have written ‘do this later’ and kept on.

Whatever you do, keep writing.

Very good advice for all writers.

(via thewritingcafe)

22 4 / 2014

"Ben Affleck postponed directing a film in order to work with David Fincher. “He’s the only director I’ve met who can do everybody else’s job better than they could,” states Affleck. On set one day, Affleck changed the lens setting on a camera an almost indiscernible amount, betting a crew member that Fincher wouldn’t notice. “But goddammit if he didn’t say, ‘Why does the camera look a little dim?’”"

Ben Affleck on David Fincher (on the set of ‘Gone Girl’)

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21 4 / 2014

Films in 2014

SNOWPIERCER

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton

Set in the near future this is a dark piece thought provoking piece of work that delves into the idea of global warming, revolution and class. Bong Joon Ho uses the theatre of film to beautifully portray a class system by make it devoid of almost all colour. Watch for the woman in yellow, it’s a striking moment. Trapped on a rattling train the world seems large and intriguing and that’s all down to the team in front and behind the camera.All the leads give stand out performances and it’s nice to see Evans breaking away from his Captain America role.

21 4 / 2014

askboxmemes:

A: What do you write? Fanfiction, original fiction, nonfiction, articles, songs, poems, essays, plays, what?

B: How often do you write?

C: Who is your favorite character of your own? Who is your favorite character created by somebody else? Why?

D: If you had the choice of…

20 4 / 2014

"Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors, played by somebody I do not know."

John Keats  (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: misswallflower, via thatkindofwoman)

19 4 / 2014

18 4 / 2014

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice."

Wayne Dyer (via creatingaquietmind)

(via fitanne)

17 4 / 2014


First Images of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard In Justin Kurzel’s ‘Macbeth' [x]

First Images of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard In Justin Kurzel’s ‘Macbeth' [x]

(Source: marioncotillard, via yourareunearthlything)

17 4 / 2014

17 4 / 2014

17 4 / 2014

explore-blog:

Annie Dillard on the art of the essay – a fantastic read for all, but especially for writers. 

explore-blog:

Annie Dillard on the art of the essay – a fantastic read for all, but especially for writers. 

(via teachingliteracy)

16 4 / 2014

popculturebrain:

Trailer: ‘Gone Girl' - Oct. 3

Directed by David Fincher, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry,  Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Patrick Fugit, Casey Wilson and Emily Ratajkowski.

Fincher seems to have a style of trailer that is just as signature as his green-tinted shooting. The song seems odd at first, but plays perfect counterpoint to the rising tension of the second half of the spot. Affleck seems to be doing a lot here as well, which could go either way, but for now is promising. I’m not entirely on board, as Fincher has always been good at trailers, but optimistic.

16 4 / 2014

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15 4 / 2014

andawayrigaud:

pesamientossuicidas:

Eclipse lunar 2014

It was cloudy where I live last night, so no eclipse for us.

andawayrigaud:

pesamientossuicidas:

Eclipse lunar 2014

It was cloudy where I live last night, so no eclipse for us.

(Source: brokendreamsandsadness)