Ghost; or, Leaving My Trace

ghost

Jacques Derrida once said that everything one writes is somewhat autobiographical. I don't do it explicitly. None of my characters is me. And yet, when I read back my work, I do recognize myself in a lot of them. As if the ghost of my presence was haunting the pages of my absence. A trace …

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The Reality of Fiction

reality of fiction

We've all heard the infamous "that's just a story" excuse of people who refuse to face the reality of narrative lines in fiction. We've all read the famous disclaimer saying "this is a work of fiction, all the people and places in this novel come from the author's imagination." Of course, I put that disclaimer …

Self-Doubt

Self-doubt

Is my book good enough? Will readers get bored after two chapters? Is my text plagued by typos? What if it contains exactly the stereotypes I wanted to deconstruct? Self-doubt, crawling into your ear with  cruel whispered questions that eat your brains away. Self-doubt, keeping you from hitting the publish button, even after months of …

Still Writing

still writing

Where did Sandy go? Don't worry, I'm still here. I didn't move an inch, unless you count the fact that I moved my desk from one side of the room to the other. The bad news is that I've lately been neglecting this blog. The good news is that I've finished the first draft of …

First Drafts

first drafts

If you’re familiar with the writing process, you’ve probably often heard the dreadful—yet too often considered to be the Truth—saying that every first draft is crap. A sentence that basically means that anything you attempt to write is always already worthless until you start it over. Another saying of the same nature states that good …

Writing Music

writing music

I don’t like writing in complete silence. I usually listen to music or watch some TV program as I write. To have a sort of semi-noisy background to lean on. I listen to my digital collection most of the time. And sometimes I put on a vinyl, but the problem (or the beauty) with those …