BIC BIRO IS BACK …

BIC BIRO IS BACK …

Way back in April 2015, Bic Biro (Codename: BIROO7), that stalwart of MI6’s Stationery Department, made his WordPress debut. Since then he has had two further adventures and another is currently in the making.

Click on the links below to read Bic’s first outing.

https://awritersden.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/bic-biro-secret-agent-part-1/

https://awritersden.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/bic-biro-secret-agent-part-2/

https://awritersden.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/bic-biro-secret-agent-part-3/

Good writers borrow …

Good writers borrow …

There is a space on everyone’s bookshelves …

There is a space on everyone’s bookshelves …

Markus Zusak … The Book Thief

Markus Zusak … The Book Thief

Markus Zusak (born 23 June 1975) is an Australian writer. He is best known for The Book Thief and The Messenger, two novels for young adults which have been international best-sellers.

The Book Thief was published in 2005 and has since been translated into more than 30 languages. It was adapted as a film of the same name in 2013.

He spoke about his writing routine in an interview for the Guardian in 2008.

I find writing extremely difficult. I usually have to drag myself to my desk, mainly because I doubt myself. And it’s getting harder because I want to improve with every book. Sometimes I guess it’s best just to forget there’s an audience and just write like no one will ever read it at all.

I procrastinate in spades. In my defence, I also try to have all other distractions solved before I can concentrate on writing. My small theory is that to write for three hours, you need to feel like you have three days. To write for three days, you need to feel like you’ve got three weeks, and so on. Ultimately, though, it’s the feeling in my stomach that’s similar to the night before the school assignment is due…and you haven’t started yet. That’s my preparation.

I try to write in slabs. I aim for five hours in the morning, and a shorter period of time in the afternoon, early evening.

I think to be writer you have to enjoy being alone. I was a loner as a teenager and was always drawn to characters in books and films who were at the fringes. It comes down to the difference between loneliness and aloneness. I guess we form relationships with the characters in the books. Again, it’s that strange idea of believing it while you’re writing it.

Don’t be afraid to fail. I fail every day. I failed thousands of times writing The Book Thief, and that book now means everything to me. Of course, I have many doubts and fears about that book, too, but some of what I feel are the best ideas in it came to me when I was working away for apparently no result. Failure has been my best friend as a writer. It tests you, to see if you have what it takes to see it through.

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Sometimes you read a book so special …

Sometimes you read a book so special …

 

My Sunday Poem … #21

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My Sunday Poem … # 21

Some years ago I remember walking along the beach at Brancaster in Norfolk when I chanced upon an old fisherman’s hut. It was long abandoned and the interior open to the elements. It made me think on a time when it would have been new and probably in daily use.

It also coincided with me having recently read a wonderful poem by William Butler Yeats called The Lake Isle of Innisfree. It began:

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee loud glade.

I was thus later inspired to write The House of Stones …

I will build myself a house of stones
And dwell there by and by,
Close to the…

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Tolkien …

Tolkien …