niedziela, 1 kwietnia 2012

Kilka pisarskich porad i nie tylko

Bardzo lubię zbierać porady pisarskie. Nie tylko dlatego, że są przydatne, ale dlatego też, że dają mi inne spojrzenie na proces pisania i jak to wygląda u innych.

Margaret Atwood
1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.
2. If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.
3. Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do.
4. If you’re using a computer, always safeguard new text with a ­memory stick.
5. Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.
6. Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don’t know who the reader is, so it’s like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark. What ­fascinates A will bore the pants off B.
7. You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.
8. You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You’ve been backstage. You’ve seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a ­romantic relationship, unless you want to break up.
9. Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person. Change the tense. Change the opening page.
10. Prayer might work. Or reading ­something else. Or a constant visual­isation of the holy grail that is the finished, published version of your resplendent book.

Neil Gaiman
1. Write.
2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
5. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
6. Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
7. Laugh at your own jokes.
8. The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

George Orwell
1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

i jeden z moich ulubionych: 

John Steinbeck
1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.
4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it—bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.
5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.
6. If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.

A jakie porady ma dla młodych pisarzy Stephen King w swojej książce " Jak pisać. Pamiętnik rzemieślnika"? (gorąco polecam, naprawdę dobra lektura, zawiera nie tylko porady jak pisać, ale i anegdotki oraz przemyślenia Kinga)

" Z drugiej strony - strony Jamesa Joyce'a - mamy Harper Lee, autorkę tylko jednej powieści (znakomitej >>Zabić drozda<<). Inni, jak James Agee, Malcolm Lowry i (jak dotąd) Thomas Harris wydali ich pięć [książek] bądź mniej. I w porządku, ale zastanawiam się zawsze nad dwoma rzeczami: Ile czasu zabrało im napisanie tych książek i co robili przez resztę czasu? Tkali dywany? Organizowali jarmarki kościelne? Uświęcali śliwki? Prawdopodobnie brzmi to bezczelnie, ale wierzcie mi, jestem szczerze ciekaw. Jeśli Bóg sprawił, że potrafią coś robić, czemu, na miłość boską, tego nie robią?"

"Wsze miejsce pracy może być (a prawdopodobnie nawet powinno, chyba już to sugerowałem) bardzo skromne i tak naprawdę potrzebujecie tylko jednego: drzwi, które zdecydujecie się zamknąć. Zamknięte drzwi to was sposób na oznajmienie światu i sobie, że poważnie podchodzicie do sprawy. Postanowiliście zająć się pisaniem i nie ograniczacie się tylko do gadania"

"Nie czekajcie na muzę. Jak mówiłem, to uparty facet, zupełnie niepodatny na twórczą gadaninę. Nie mówimy tu o tabliczce do rozmów z duchami ani o świecie ponadzmysłowym, lecz o pracy równie zwyczajnej jak kładzenie rur czy kierowanie dalekobieżnymi ciężarówkami. Waszym zadaniem jest dopilnować, by muzy wiedzieli, gdzie was znaleźć co dzień od dziewiątej do południa bądź od siódmej do trzeciej. Jeśli będą wiedzieć, zapewniam was, że wcześniej czy później zjawią się, paląc cygara i rozsiewając czary"

"Wierzę,że tak naprawdę historie tworzą się same. Zadaniem pisarza jest zapewnić im miejsce, w którym mogą rosnąć (i oczywiście zapisać je dla potomności). Jeśli widzicie to podobnie (albo przynajmniej próbujecie), możemy razem pracować. Jeżeli natomiast uważacie, iż oszalałem, świetnie - nie będziecie pierwsi."