... Chuck Palahniuk.
To be honest, I have never been interested in him and never read any of his books. So, out of curiosity I googled him and found his official site. One of the writing tips he gives is the following:
"...Use writing as your excuse to throw a party each week - even if you call that party a "workshop." Any time you can spend time among other people who value and support writing, that will balance those hours you spend alone, writing. Even if someday you sell your work, no amount of money will compensate you for your time spent alone. So, take your "paycheck" up front, make writing an excuse to be around people. When you reach the end of your life - trust me, you won't look back and savor the moments you spent alone..."
I thought about this: The Loneliness of the Short Story Writer. Writing full time must be a dreadfully lonely business. I don't write full time, but every time I really get stuck into it, I have an awful feeling that I'm becoming anti-social.
I got a long e-mail earlier today from a dear friend who is starting out a new job in South East Asia. She wrote she's finding it difficult that she can't communicate with the locals because she does not speak their language. Makes it even more difficult for her "a person like me who considers communication the essence of existence, the most valuable component of life and the best present one can get."
I wondered what different people would consider the "best present" - and what that would be for a writer.
- Nora Nadjarian
- Award-winning poet and short story writer from Cyprus. Published three collections of poetry: The Voice at the Top of the Stairs (2001), Cleft in Twain (2003) and 25 Ways to Kiss a Man (2004). Cleft in Twain was cited by The Guardian in an article on the literature of the new European Union member states in 2004. My work has won prizes and commendations in various international competitions: among others, in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition (Ireland) and the Binnacle International Ultra-Short Competition at the University of Maine at Machias, USA. In addition to a book of short stories, Ledra Street (2006), I have had work published online and in journals internationally. My work was included in Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and in the poetry anthology Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Girl, Wolf, Bones – a new book of fairy tale inspired microfiction – was published in 2011.