November Issue of the BookIsh Plaza eZine is out now!

31 10 2015

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The November issue is out now! BookIsh Plaza is your online bookshop for Caribbean literature.

Featured this time:
– A New Era for Caribbean Literature
– Book Launch of a New Novel
– BookIsh Plaza will be @ the Dutch Caribbean Book Club meeting about the
  Windward Islands and their Literature
– En much more …..
Read & share the ezine. The next one out in December.
Visit BookIsh Plaza for our new arrivals!

Writing a novel is like imagining a tree

31 10 2015


Orhan Pamuk: ‘The novel is not dead’

Turkey’s Nobel laureate explains how he set out to write an epic of Istanbul in his latest novel, A Strangeness in My Mind – and why he’s confident the novel will survive in the age of box sets

The development of the novel is inextricably connected with the growth of modern cities, said the Turkish Nobel laureate at a Guardian Live event to discuss his latest novel A Strangeness in My Mind.

Cities give rise to novels, and novels in turn mythologise and further the growth of cities, he said, explaining why his own work returns again and again to Istanbul, the city of his birth, as both the primary location of, and inspiration for, his fiction.

The importance of street vendors and hustlers

In A Strangeness in My Mind, Pamuk set out to write “an epic of the city” spanning 40 years, told from the perspective of its ordinary, often forgotten, inhabitants: its street vendors, hustlers and slum dwellers.

While the narrative centres on one such figure, Mevlut Karataş – a yoghurt vendor and waiter by day, and a seller of boza (a low-alcohol drink) by night – it sustains a vast network of characters. Some of them make it, some of them don’t, romances blossom and wilt – or, in Mevlut’s case, turn into something else entirely as a result of mistaken identity.

“I wanted to tell the small, petty street history of this town,” said Pamuk, who conducted dozens of interviews with real-life boza sellers and street vendors across Istanbul. He added that some of their accounts found their way almost unedited into the pages of A Strangeness in My Mind, veering as it does between first and third person, fact and fiction.

Throughout the story, Mevlut wanders the streets of Istanbul at night, selling his boza, reflecting on, and occasionally overwhelmed by, what Pamuk describes as “the forest of signs and symbols” that defines the city.

Read further @ The Guardian

Fearless writing

29 10 2015


A Crash Course in Fearless Writing

If you’ve ever written and actually enjoyed the experience, if you’ve ever allowed yourself to become lost in the dream of the story you are telling so much that you temporarily forget what time it is, then you have written fearlessly. In fact, writing doesn’t really begin until we forget to be afraid. So the question isn’t whether you can write fearlessly, but whether you can do it on purpose. Here are the three best tools I know for writing fearlessly every day.

The only questions you should ever ask are: “What do I most want to say?” and “Have I said it?”

I ask these questions because I can actually answer them. I will never know anything better than I know what I am most interested in. I will never be able to pay attention to something for longer than that about which I am most curious. My curiosity is the engine that drives my creative vehicle. It is the source of all my excitement, my intelligence, and my surprise. It is also entirely unique to me. There is no one on earth who knows what I most want to say other than me.

And once I know what I want to say, once I know which story I want to tell, or which scene I want to write, only I can know if I have translated it accurately into words on the page. Whatever I most want to say exists in a realm knowable only to me. There isn’t one editor or teacher or critique group member who can tell me if I have accurately translated what I wanted to share because only I know what that is; these other people, however well-intentioned, can only tell me if they like or understand what I’ve written. That is all they actually know.

If I am ever asking some question other than these two, I am not really writing. I am trying to read other people’s minds. If I am asking, “Is it any good?” I am really asking, “Will anyone else like it?” Or if I’m asking, “Is there market for it?” I am really asking, “Will anyone else like it?” And if I am asking, “Is it too literary? Is it not literary enough?” I am really just asking, “Will anyone else like it?”

What anyone else thinks of what I’m writing is none of my business — at least notwhile I’m writing. While I’m writing, what I think of what I’m writing is my business. I am always afraid when I believe I must answer questions that are unanswerable. And I am always fearless the moment I return to my curiosity to see where it is headed next.

Read further @ Huffington

October Issue of the BookIsh Plaza eZine now online!

2 10 2015

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The October issue is out now! BookIsh Plaza is your online bookshop for Caribbean literature.

Featured this time:
– New produce of Caribbean novels & poetry
– Opening Museum Nansi, the feisty spider
– Icons of the Suriname Music
– Children’s Book Week
– Yakanuko Theatre Show
– And much more…


Read & share the ezine. The next one out in November.

Visit BookIsh Plaza for our new arrivals!

Infographic: “7 Ways to Write a Plot Outline.”

2 10 2015


Infographic: Organize Your Writing Space

2 10 2015


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