Read more and be a better writer.

I remember reading an interview with the great Stephen King where he talks about a good writer needing to be an avid reader. I tried that and couldn’t agree more, as I try to read more and more every week, I am becoming a better writer, not just grammatically but a more creatively writer too. It helps your mind open itself to new avenues, possibilities and have new and great ideas start popping out inside your head like some good popcorn being made, hot and delicious.

Being a newbie when it comes to writing has a few advantages ( very few ones ), one of them is the amount of great books, authors and resources that are new to you, waiting to be consumed and enjoyed. My passion for writing came at the same time that I discovered my obsession with movies, I just started watching more and more and still have so many great ones to watch, just like books, I discover each and every day a new author or novel that looks incredible juice to dive into, and that’s amazing.

I recently began thinking about setting up a reading goal for myself, I want to be able to read at least 15 books a year, it might not look like a lot by many readers but to me, a newbie and a slow reader, it’s a lot. This year I already read 3 books, and I’m currently reading 3 more, at the same time, I have a daily goal to read 12 pages of each book, and that way, I’m making some good progress. My daily goal as a writer is to write at least 700 words, I work 2 jobs at the moment so I feel that it is fair goal right now, I will try to reach 1000 words daily in the future, but for that I have to read more and work a lot harder on the craft of writing.

Some books that I read and am reading at the moment:

North Sea Hunters by Brad Harmer-Barnes

Swamp Monster Massacre by Hunter Shea

Only Human by Gareth Roberts ( Dr. Who book )

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A Corey

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

The Baazar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

I highly recommend the Youtube channel MonsterMan that Hunter Shea and Jack Campisi make, amazing book and movie recommendations there.

 

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Short Stories, the road begins!

roadsI’m a newbie writer, and because of that, I catch myself thinking about writing short stories. Not because they are easy to write, clearly not the case, but they can usually be written a lot faster than a novel (usually, not always) and that’s what I need it, to test the waters and if I have to fail, I rather do it fast and learn from it.

I have been thinking about being a writer for a long time, but just in the last month or so, that I really began putting words into paper, literally, I didn’t have a laptop computer before and I just got one because I want to use for writing. The dream of writing has been with me for some time, for a long time to be honest. But it took me too long to start doing something about it, that is a reason to tackle short stories and as soon as I can, so I can submit them to the many magazines and sites that are aavailable.

Short stories will be a way for me to get my writing out in world fast and to have my stories criticized too, I have no fear of rejections or bad reviews, I just need to write and learn, it has been too long already, the ideas inside my head are bouncing for far too long, time to get them out in the open and see what happens. 

So if I could give any newbie writer an advice, it would be that you should write short stories as soon as you can, get all the characters, plots and ideas that you have for that big novel and try writing a couple of short stories, that will make you learn a lot about your writing, keep your creative juices flowing and open new possibilities for you as a writer.

J.J Oliveira

Hello and Welcome!

 Bilbo

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

J.R.R Tolkien

I was just a High school kid when I read “The Hobbit” and this quote kept hammering inside my head since then. I’m sure that I wasn’t the only kid who feel in love with that story, it was something that simply put, changed my life. 

Books will do that to someone, they will change and make you feel funny inside, suddenly you forget about the dreams of being a firefighter, soccer player, astronaut and so many other great professions, and start imagining yourself creating stories with firefighters battling a wild-fire or maybe an astronaut trying to reach Mars, you realize that the possibilities are endless.

It happened to me, after a good dose of J.R.R Tolkien, Stephen King, Paulo Coelho and some others, I got the need to be out there, to be swept off and then that burning sensation inside of me that I could too create(or at least try) those rich characters, worlds, antagonists, conflicts….

Not that I am comparing myself to those amazing authors, far from it. I’m just a newbie, in love with writing and eager to learn. I do believe that we have to always set our sights towards the great ones, trying to reach their level will consequently make you a better writer, following their path as close as youcan, not copying or trying to replicate their style, but knowing what got them to their level and getting that to inspire you, push you forward even though you have (and should always have it) your own style and ways of creating magic on a blank piece of paper.

So allow me to ask you to join me on this ride, getting my foot out of the door and adventuring in the world of writing but not just that, being an avid reader and movie fan too, I’ll have from time to time reviews, musing or just some babbling related to short stories, books, Tv shows,board games, movies, comics and many other delicious things that our mind desires, to consume and keep us well satisfied.

J.J Oliveira