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Jun 11, 2019 10:37:20

Experimenting with Words

by @zainabmirza | 200 words | 🐣 | 32💌

Zainab Mirza

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I've developed a taste for books that break the mold. That snub the rules. That don't care a damn about what convention dictates about writing. 

Like Ayn Rand's pages-long monologues in The Fountainhead. Or her first novel Anthem, which is written in a unique first person plural. Or Solar Bones by Mike McCormack which doesn't have a single full stop in it. Or William Faulkner taking stream of consciousness to a whole other level with The Sound and the Fury. Or anything by Virginia Woolf. 

I'm sure there are tons more, but these are the ones that stayed with me that I have the utmost respect and deference for. 

Because these writers got it. 

I don't seem to have yet, obviously, because it's taking me forever to write just these 200 words. 

How does one go about writing a book that's like none that has ever been published? What is the approach one takes to do it? Do you need to be well-versed in the rules to break them as Kurt Vonnegut (wasn't it?) said in his rules for writing?


What's a book you've read that changed your opinion about how a book can be written? What rule would you break? 


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    @zainabmirza I agree, great writers show their creativity not only in their stories but also in their approach to writing the story.
    I like Laurent Binet's HhHH (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HHhH) because he writes a piece of historical fiction while he, the author, comments on it -and his own life - within that story. It's innovative and made for a great read.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jun 12, 2019 09:19:14
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      @gabrielgreco Reading your description of its style reminded me a little of the parallel narrative Stephen King has going on in his memoir, On Writing.
      But wow that sounds like a fascinating read! I actually visited the church in Prague a few years ago and went into the crypt the paratroopers hid and died/were murdered in. It was such a moving experience.

      Zainab Mirza avatar Zainab Mirza | Jun 13, 2019 00:10:20
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      @zainabmirza I'd like to visit, what a story it was.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jun 13, 2019 15:59:46
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    @zainabmirza One baby step a day :) Experience more, read more, then write some more!

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 12, 2019 03:59:49
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      @basilesamel Words to live by :D

      Zainab Mirza avatar Zainab Mirza | Jun 13, 2019 00:00:03
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