What not to do when drinking – write a blog

So I was thinking, as a writer I have come across many people who are disappointed, annoyed, disgruntled, pissed off, stupefied, and a little abusive at me when I don’t know particular authors or titles. 

I’ve tried to hold back, I’ve tried to side-step, and I’ve tried to pretend that I just don’t talk about authors I read (like many other authors out there – it’s true, most authors will not talk about authors they read. I’ve tried and read and heard many interviews, they usually won’t say. I wonder if it’s the same reason as me or some other reason?). But in the end it is just because I don’t care.

Harsh, yes, true, kind of. I care a little. Mostly I forget about an author or title soon after reading. I only like a few authors and I only like a few of their books, except one. Raymond E. Feist. Love all his books.

Anyway, I have not read as much as other people out there (for pleasure reading), I know this. I also know that I read even less than probably the average. Sure, I always have a book or two I’m reading, but I don’t read a book every week. Instead it is probably less than 10 books a year. A writer should read more, right? Well, yes, and for me, no. I read fiction and non-fiction as study pieces. I gather together ten to 20 books and read passages from the books and then study the way they did it, then compare the passages to my preferred writing style. But I’m damned if I can remember who the writers are!

Ahg!

In closing, I run a writing group and I also talk to many other writers, and also met an asshole named Brad in NYC who is a writer. From the majority they are usually taken back by my lack of knowledge of names and titles. Yes, I study writing, but I don’t remember who wrote them and what they wrote. Maybe it’s why I could never have a hero or mentor. Idolizing just does not come easy to me. The way I see it is that only sheep idolize.

In closing part two, to anyone that can’t deal with me not knowing all the major authors and major titles out there I say, I’m sorry. Oh wait, that’s not it, get stuffed! That’s what I meant to say 😉

Mat Clarke

http://www.matclarke.wranga.com.au/

P.S. Please feel free to weigh in. Tomorrow I may even have a different point of view.

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About matclarke

Writing became a hobby at the age of ten, boredom being a great catalyst. Whenever I had an idea I would put words to paper until something interesting was produced. I have always loved dreaming up and writing new stories. I wrote from the age of 10 and also built or designed unusual contraptions and created tools for working with assorted wood products. Creativity has always been my thing, however, no other person within my extended family harbours this same creative gene, so I always assumed I was odd rather than artistic. My non-fiction work has been inspired by my letter writing to government bodies and assorted companies, either to request information on a current associated issue or to offer a solution to an ongoing problem with (if a local government) traffic, public transport, spending, banks, etc. And (if a company) an idea for the product so that it could become better accepted by consumers, or in some cases, healthier for consumers. In December 2009 I came across a story I had begun a month earlier but so far written only a single page. I read it again and realised the story was not only interesting but also had the effect of creating excitement as to what would happen next. I immediately decided this could be a great beginning to a piece which could become my first full length novel, Wake (working title). The idea for Wake was born from a writing retreat on the outskirts of Bendigo, Australia. I had taken a break from punching keys on my laptop and walked from the small cabin into the night. Now standing in the silence with the tree canopy looming above, I watched the breeze adjust the leaves ever so slightly—barely enough to create a rustling. It was a creepy, lonely night; isolating beyond anything I had experienced. I smiled. An idea seeded: What would it be like to wake in the middle of nowhere with no memories and no idea of how you came to be there. Wake, is my first completed novel and I am currently 45,000 words into its sequel. I am also editing, Citylife, my second completed novel, and finished writing my third novel, Blue, whilst on a return trip from the US where I visited for book research. You’re welcome to have a read of some of my short stories on my website. Let me know if you liked them. In addition, my writing group and I have completed two anthology of short stories, with another to be completed in April. See my website for more information.
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