quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2009

Famous Blue Raincoat ~ by Leonard Cohen

Ariadne took this song to class and asked us to comment on the story, who the speaker was, and the addressee and so on..

sexta-feira, 1 de maio de 2009

the magic of reality

for a story does not need to be a copy from reality or something, but it must necessarily cause readers to buy its idea. whatever we write must invite and make room for the reader's atention and curiosity. that's where originality comes. what we have to say must have anything new in the sense that this person intimately believes that there's this thing to the story s/he still needs to know. that is also where reality comes into the scene. reality here means the story is true to itself. it makes sense in terms of all its "parts" put together. I mean, if you take a story as being a puzzle, the reader must see it as a whole, as a unity, like: it is a story and it's worth reading. at the moment we concieve our writing ready to be read by someone else, it must exist by itself in the paper, dependence on you, writer, is overcome, the text belongs to the eyes which will "decode" it afterwards, and for that to happen properly, you should have done a good work. so, what you guys think about that?

segunda-feira, 20 de abril de 2009

Have I "travelled in words"?

Last week I received the first serious critique about my way of writing. How do I feel about that? I feel good, but not totally comfortable.
When you put your ideas on a sheet of paper they usually make a lot of sense to you. But, unfortunately, sometimes they don't seem clear to people who read them. Well, that was what happened to me. I thought I had written a story, but actually I hadn't. It happened because a story is supposed to be structured , but mine had no structure at all.
The point is, why hadn't I realised this while I was writing it? Maybe because it seems to me , even right now, that my "story" was OK. I can see a situation 1, a conflict and a situation 2 on it. But why can't people see it? I think it's because they are not me. All the structure of my text was in my head, but I didn't put it on the paper. So what did I put on the paper? Hmm..I don't know.Maybe only ideas. Maybe I just have "travelled in words"... But even travels are supposed to have a beginning, a middle and an end. Don't they?
Something that is not clear to me is : why do stories must to have a pattern of structure?