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SOMBRAS – SHADOWS

Sombras

Claro que o meu mais recente romance não poderia ficar de fora da campanha. 🙂

Campanha – CHUVA DE ENCOMENDAS

Título: Sombras
Autor: Cátia Isabel Silva

SINOPSE: Poderá uma mente perturbada, ser na verdade, uma porta para o sobrenatural?
Matilde é uma adolescente de 17 anos, filha de emigrantes portugueses nos Estados Unidos e que cresceu sobre o pesado estigma da esquizofrenia. Após o seu encontro com o misterioso Rafael, a jovem jamais voltará a ver o mundo da mesma forma.Inspirado em reais pacientes psiquiátricos, Sombras é uma viagem ao perturbante inconsciente humano, onde a realidade e a fantasia se encontram numa luta constante pela procura da verdade.

(Poderá ser encomendado em qualquer loja FNAC, BERTRAND, ou através de WOOK.)

Conto convosco!

http://www.fnac.pt/Sombras-Catia-Isabel-Silva/a783526


 

Obviously, my newest novel couldn’t be left out of our “It’s raining books!” campaign.  🙂
Campaign – IT’S RAINING BOOKS
Title: Shadows
Author: Cátia Isabel Silva

SYNOPSIS: Could a troubled mind be, in actuality, an open door to the supernatural?

Matilde is a 17 years old teenager, the daughter of portuguese immigrants in the United States who grew up under the heavy stigma of schizophrenia. After an encounter with the mysterious Rafael, she will never see the world the same way again. Inspired by real psychiatric patients, Shadows is a journey to the disturbing human unconscious, where the reality and fantasy are in a constant fight for the search of the truth.

 

(It can be ordered at any FNAC or BERTRAND stores, or even through WOOK.pt.)

I’m counting on you!

http://www.fnac.pt/Sombras-Catia-Isabel-Silva/a783526

GÉNEROS – GENRES

Como leitora, gosto de ler vários géneros e sinto que aprendo um pouco com cada um, no entanto, aqui falo convosco como escritora, e como tal, preciso de ter noção das minhas limitações e capacidades, por isso, tenho de escolher cuidadosamente os géneros que escrevo e a forma como me especializo em cada um deles.

Não quero com isto dizer que não possam escolher qualquer género que gostem, mas sim, que antes de embarcarem numa viagem atribulada, se informem e aprendam a melhor forma de o fazer. Eu pessoalmente, sou grande fã de policiais, mas não escrevi, até à data, nenhum. Porquê? Porque sinto que talvez o possa fazer, mas sairá apenas uma história medíocre. Será que quero isso? Não. E nem vocês.

Há sempre um género com o qual mais se identificam e onde sabem que conseguem escrever boas histórias. Descubram qual o vosso e invistam no próprio aperfeiçoamento. É preferível escrever obras sempre no mesmo género e registo literário, mas boas, do que ter uma panóplia muito diferenciada de obras e no final, perceber que todas foram apenas medíocres.

Um escritor não tem que saber escrever todo o tipo de história, tem de escrever bem, aquelas a que se propõe. Assim, eu sugiro que leiam muito, leiam outros autores que escolheram o mesmo género, mas não só. Informem-se de tudo o que poderá estar relacionado à vossa história.

Escolheram criar uma história sobre médicos? Informem-se das rotinas dos hospitais, aprendam um pouco sobre conceitos básicos de saúde, conversem com alguns destes profissionais, se tiverem oportunidade.

E antes de escolher o género, que tal pensarem nos vossos objectivos de escrita? Fazer arte é diferente de vender arte, por isso, quando pensam em escrever um livro por pura manifestação artística, devem ter em conta factores diferentes do que quando pensam em escrever para cativar o público.

Se o vosso objectivo for ter muitos leitores e vender muitos livros, comecem por ler os principais bestsellers que encontram nas livrarias e de forma imparcial, tentem perceber porque motivo, estes livros cativaram tanto os leitores e quais os seus ingredientes para tanto sucesso.

Depois de tomarem as vossas decisões e construirem a vossa história, preocupem-se em torná-la credível, mesmo que escrevam num mundo fantástico, pensem sempre: se este mundo existisse, será que as pessoas seriam assim? Reagiriam desta maneira? Humanizem as vossas personagens (mesmo estas que sejam monstros sobrenaturais) e cativem os leitores.


As an avid reader myself, I like to read different genres, as I feel that I learn a little with each and every one of them, yet here I’m speaking as a writer, and as such, I need to be aware of my abilities and some of my limitations, and therefore, I have to carefully choose the genres in which I write and how I can specialize in each of them.

I’m not saying that you cannot choose to write in any genre you’d like, but, before embarking on a bumpy ride, get informed and learn, cover yourself in the knowledge of best ways in which to do it. Personally, I’m a great fan of crime novels, but I don’t write any. Why? Because I feel that I could, perhaps, do it, but it would only be a mediocre story at best. Do I want that? No. And neither should you.

There’s always a genre with which you identify yourself the most. The one where you know you could actually write great stories. Find out which one is yours and truly invest yourself in your improvement, as a writer, within it. It’s usually much preferred to consistently work in the same genre and literary record, and to do so quite well, than it is to have a very different array of works and by the end just realizing plenty of them might just be mediocre.

A writer does not have to know how to write all kinds of stories. Instead, you must write well those that you set out for. So, I suggest you read a lot, read especially from other authors who have chosen the same genre, but don’t stop there. Inform yourself about everything that may be related to your story.

You chose to create a story about doctors? Teach yourself about hospitals’ main routines, learn a bit about basic notions of health and try to talk with some of these professionals, if you get a chance.

And before choosing the genre, how about thinking of your goals as a writer? Creating art is different from selling art, so when contemplating writing a book with pure artistic expression in mind, you should probably take into account different factors than you would were you contemplating writing something to captivate the audience. These are not mutually exclusive but often do not meet.

If your goal is to have a lot of readers and sell many books, start by reading the main bestsellers you might find in bookstores and, in an unbiased manner, try to understand the reason why these books have captivated so many readers and what their ingredients are, for such a tremendous success.

Once you make your decisions and build your story, you need to worry about making it credible, or believable. Even when writing about a fantasy world, always think to yourself: if this world were real, how would these people be? How would they behave or conduct themselves? Would they react this way? Humanize your characters (even those which are supernatural monsters) and watch your work captivate your audience.

WRITING FICTION

Writing, supposedly, it’s something that comes from our soul, something personal and almost magical, but, when a person decides to dedicate their life to it, they should keep in mind that writing is much more than typing away on your computer keyboard, or scratching your pen or pencil on a paper. Writing, fiction or not, needs a whole lot of work, organization, and research that takes a lot of time and ends up making all the difference.

When we’re talking about writing fiction, the first thing to do is to organize the story, finding a way to summarize the main idea in a sentence, or at most one paragraph. This one should contain the starting point, the early events, the conflict and its resolution. Do not worry about details, neither the time or place of the story, neither the characters names matter. These details are only important if they become decisive for the course of the story.

Then, you should create the main characters. Think of them as people you could, eventually, know. Make a small text where you put everything about them: a quick life story, ambitions, and desires, fears, conflicts, unique features or philosophies of life. Try to picture your characters in your mind and then describe them as thoroughly as possible, physically and psychologically.

For many people, the next step is to make a little summary of each chapter and, from there, start to write the story. But not me. Actually, the way that looks more efficient for me to create the story and all its adventures is opening up an excel document, or equivalent, (and yes, I know you hate it and you don’t know how to work with it, but it’s important to learn, now) and there I write the main scenes of the book. Done that, each one of them will unfold itself into new scenes. For example, How do they get there? Why? Where are they going now? What they did between the scenes X and Y?

In the end, you have a simple outline of the story which you can modify, increase, decrease and manipulate as you like, without much work and being able to frame your changes in the big picture.

When all of this is done, I divide the scenes into chapters (normally, at this point I make some more changes, I add some scenes and cut out others that seem pointless), so the different chapters keep similar sizes.

Why all that? Because nothing is more annoying for the reader than incongruences and moving forward and backward in a story.

At the end of each step, I revise the previous and when I’m done, I revise again. It’s almost impossible not to make any alterations. And if, by any chance, you do not feel that need, be careful, because it could mean that everything is perfect the way it is (which despite your abilities is quite unlikely) or, it means that something is wrong but you can’t yet figure out what is.

And in the end voilà! A new story to make your readers dream and smile.