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6 myths about writing

As with any other profession, you will face many opinions from different people when it comes to writing, who may, most of the time, have no idea what they’re talking about. Let’s talk about the 6 most common myths you’ll hear about writing.

1. Talent does everything

You’ll hear this from those people who say “oh you’re amazing, you’re gonna do it” and from the other side, those who say “hmmm, you’re not good enough…”. It doesn’t matter who tells you this: it’s wrong.

What makes a writer isn’t the talent, but the commitment. No one was born a great writer, you need persistence and hard work.

2. You have to be lucky

You might not think of it like that, but people will tell you this just so you can have a good excuse for failure. Don’t listen to them. Luck is good indeed, but what is it exactly? What you really need is to be positive and persistent!

Resist your fears, your insecurities and just keep on writing, your opportunity will come.

3. You need to live for it

Don’t quit your job yet, nor neglect your family! You don’t necessarily need to do that, nor would I recommend it. Your family, your peace of mind, these things are important too and a good safety net for any unfortunate moments helps stave off any worries when it comes to the moments where you should be writing.

Writing is in itself a habit, you must fit it into your routine and do it every day, even if you may only get 5 or 10 minutes to do it. It’s worth it.

4. Description is boring

We spend an entire afternoon writing the perfect description of a scene and someone tells us that it’s not important and it is boring. Let me tell you: it’s not if you did it the right way.

The descriptions are what make us imagine and feel as though we were inside the story, and without them, these stories would seem empty. However, enough is enough, so don’t give your readers big chunks of information all at once. Place your descriptions naturally inside your scenes and let them flow, without lingering on for way too long. You’ll see that this works wonders.

5. You must describe meticulously each and every character when you introduce them

This is something you might feel is true, especially if you’re a beginner, but it couldn’t be farther from it. Actually, the best way to describe a character, while keeping your reader curious and interested in your story, is to do it gradually, letting them get a feel for things and construct their own thoughts and theories, as they are getting to really know it, page by page.

Giving insight into their personality via their actions, instead of writing it down directly, might also be a very interesting way to get your readers to know your character on a deeper level whilst keeping them interested in how the story is unfolding.

6. The beginning

In order to be a writer, you must start! Not tomorrow, today. Right now. Do not wait for your kids to grow, or for you to get to retirement to write that novel you’ve always wanted. Writing is a long and arduous process, so begin right now. And have some fun!

PALAVRAS DE UM SONHO – WORDS OF A DREAM

Foi com muito gosto que recebi o contacto de mais um jovem autor e aqui fica as informações da sua obra para a Campanha ‪#‎Chuva_de_Encomendas‬.

Contamos convosco para divulgação e partilha.

Título: Palavras de Um Sonho
Autor: Tiago Pereira
Número de páginas: 88
ISBN: 978-989-51-2428-2
Colecção: Prazeres Poéticos
Género: Poesia

Sinopse: A realidade que acompanha a nossa existência é construída a partir do conhecimento que retemos das coisas que tocamos, das paisagens que vislumbramos, das pessoas que amamos.
Resignar-nos perante o que consideramos ser real é reconhecer, com plena consciência desse conhecimento, a incapacidade do ser humano para se superar diante de novas inquietudes, aventuras e sentimentos. Todavia, para enorme gáudio dos racionais, a existência humana não se reduz a um rumo, à partida decretado, pelas regras da sociedade.
Estas “Palavras de um Sonho” nascem na irreverente juvenilidade de alguém que se assume como um eterno sonhador, não revelando hesitações de qualquer ordem em afirmar que o seu maior sonho está em conseguir o que outros não conseguiram. A viagem pelo plano do Sonho convida o autor a versar sobre as suas mais díspares memórias, reais e ficcionadas.
Um folhear desta obra embalará o leitor numa constante batalha, nem sempre compreendida, entre a emoção e a razão, o coração e a mente. Esta intensa dualidade é particularmente dissecada à luz do Sonho mais genuíno que a nossa existência pode conhecer – o Amor.
Que a capacidade de Sonhar de quem lê se ouse transpor pelas palavras desta Poesia!

Locais de Aquisição:
Livraria Desassossego (Rua de São Bento, Nº34 1200-815 Lisboa)
BERTRAND
http://www.bertrand.pt/ficha/palavras-de-um-sonho…
WOOK.PT
http://www.wook.pt/ficha/palavras-de-um-sonho/a/id/16199863
CHIADO EDITORA
https://www.chiadoeditora.com/livraria/palavras-de-um-sonho

Poderá ainda ser encomendado em qualquer loja FNAC.

Para os nossos seguidores do Brasil, estará disponível para encomenda em toda a rede de livrarias SARAIVA e CULTURA.

Sigam ainda a página da obra no Facebook.  🙂

https://www.facebook.com/PalavrasSonho?ref=aymt_homepage_panel


I felt very happy when this young author contacted me asking if I could introduce his work. Here’s the information about his book, which is now part of our #It’s Raining Books campaign.
We’re counting on you fine people, awesome as you are, to share and spread the word.

Title: Words of a Dream
Author: Tiago Pereira
Pages: 88
ISBN: 978-989-51-2428-2
Collection: Prazeres Poéticos (Poetic Pleasures)
Genres: Poetry

Synopsis: Our reality is built by the knowledge we maintain about the things we touch, the landscapes we glimpse and the people we love.
Resigning ourselves only to that which we believe is real is the same as recognizing, with full conscience of this knowledge, the human being’s incapacity to overcome himself in the sight of new concerns, adventures and feelings. However, to the enormous delight of rationalists, human existence does not reduce itself to a path, decreed on departure by the rules of society.
These “Words of a Dream” born from the juvenile irreverence of someone that assumes himself an eternal dreamer, who doesn’t reveal any hesitation, of any order or magnitude, in stating that his biggest dream is to achieve what others did not. The trip by the dream world invites the author to verse about his most varied memories, both real and fictitious.
Perusing this book will lull the reader in a constant battle, one that isnt always understood, between emotion and reason, heart and mind. This intense duality is particularly dissected in light of the most genuine dream our existence can know – Love.
I wish that the reader’s ability to dream will dare to transpose the words of this poetry!

This work can be acquired through:
Livraria Desassossego (Rua de São Bento, Nº34 1200-815 Lisboa)
BERTRAND
http://www.bertrand.pt/ficha/palavras-de-um-sonho…
WOOK.PT
http://www.wook.pt/ficha/palavras-de-um-sonho/a/id/16199863
CHIADO EDITORA
https://www.chiadoeditora.com/livraria/palavras-de-um-sonho
It can also be ordered in any FNAC store.
For our readers in Brazil, it will be available for orders at any SARAIVA and CULTURA bookstores.

You can also follow the book’s page on Facebook. 🙂
https://www.facebook.com/PalavrasSonho?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

RITMO NARRATIVO – NARRATIVE PACE

Quando estamos a escrever, temos a tendência natural de visualizar cada cena na nossa cabeça, no entanto, quando passamos para o papel, nem sempre o fazemos da melhor forma. É importante saber o momento de acelerar e o momento de travar um pouco e dar mais detalhes e pormenores ao leitor, para que eles possam ver a cena pelos nossos olhos e com o mesmo fascínio com que a escrevemos.

O tempo é fundamental quando contamos a nossa história e temos de nos certificar que o leitor o acompanha da mesma forma que nós. Para além da ordem da narrativa (o que vem antes e depois) temos um aspecto muito importante, no qual se foca este post: o ritmo.

Não há fórmulas exactas que possamos usar consoante um ou outro parâmetro, no entanto, esta é uma componente muito importante em qualquer história para que a deixemos passar em branco.

O leitor moderno está habituado a uma velocidade mais rápida, passada pelo cinema e pela televisão e (salvo algumas excepções) prefere, de uma maneira geral, um ritmo narrativo mais rápido, onde os acontecimentos surgem uns atrás dos outros e sem descrições intensivas. Contudo, enquanto escritores, não podemos redigir um texto, onde a ausência de qualquer descrição mais detalhada torna a nossa história superficial e as nossas personagens sem profundidade psicológica e emocional.

Desta forma, temos de escolher cuidadosamente as cenas mais importantes e decisivas e apostar nelas para um ponto de vista mais detalhados. Nas restantes, a descrição de pormenores deve aparecer integrada na narrativa, de modo a que seja fácil de ler e mesmo minimalista, dê a informação básica necessária.

O ritmo nem sempre (para dizer a verdade, quase nunca) é determinado através de uma decisão consciente do escritor, muitas vezes, é fruto da história em si e da forma como o enredo é montado. Uma boa forma de perceber se a nossa história está demasiado rápida ou demasiado lenta é deixá-la de lado durante alguns dias e depois voltar a lê-la e terão uma perspectiva bastante diferente.

É bom não esquecer ainda, que o comprimento das frases e a forma como se utilizam os sinais de pontuação também têm uma grande influência no ritmo narrativo.


When you’re writing, you have a natural tendency to visualize each scene in your mind, however, when you put it down on paper, you don’t always do it the right way. It’s important to know when to accelerate and when to step on the brakes a bit and give the reader plenty more details, so he can see the scene through your eyes and hopefully with the same fascination with you were writing it with.

Time is a fundamental element when you tell your story and you must make sure that the reader sees it in the same way as you. In addition to the narrative order (what comes before and after) there is another very important aspect, on which this post is majorly focused: the pace.

There aren’t exact formulas that you can use which would depend on one parameter or another, but this is a very important component in any story, too important to let it slide by unmentioned.

The current reader is used to a faster speed, usually delivered by the cinema and television and, with some exceptions, this reader now tends to prefer this faster pace narrative, where events occur one after the other, without thoroughly intensive descriptions in between. However, as writers, we can not write a text where the absence of any detailed description would make our story too shallow or superficial and make our characters lack in psychological or emotional depth.

Thus, we have to carefully choose the most important and decisive scenes and bet in them for a more detailed point of view. In the remainder of the story, descriptive details should appear integrated in the narrative, so that they’ll be easy to read and still grant the reader with the required information and minor flourish.

The pace isn’t always determined by a conscious decision of the writer (to tell you the truth, it almost never is). It is often the result of the story itself and the way the plot is elaborated. A good way to understand if our story is moving way too fast, or too slow, is to leave it aside for a few days and then re-read it and you’ll likely have a quite different perspective if that were indeed the case.

It’s important not to forget that the length of the sentences themselves and the way in which punctuation marks are used, both have a major influence on the narrative rhythm you imprint on the story.