Hey Zeroflash fans, yep, another page, but this one is all about you guys sharing.
We wanted to create a place where those of you with something to share, could. By that we mean, if you’ve read a book, a collection, a series or an article – something that inspired you and helped you to further your own writing – we want it here!
Example: ‘On Writing’, by Stephen King
Most of you will have read it and while it isn’t a guide on ‘how to write’ like most writing related books, it is an inciteful journey along the timeline of a rather well known and somewhat successful author (he quips).
His casual approach served well to help allay some of my own writing fears and push me to try harder.
So in short – this page is about your thoughts on writing and the guides/books that have helped you. It’s not a review, we simply want your passion on a page.
What are you reading now? Why is it helping? What have you learned? How do you think it could aid others? – That kind of thing.
Suggestions by Kev Harrison
I recently read the short story collection Looming Low from Dim Shores publishing. It’s fantastic for so many reasons. First of all, it’s a brilliant doorway into weird fiction, with most of the stories being really accessible, in spite of their weirdness. Secondly, it features so many great established and upcoming authors from within the subgenre, so it’s a great way to get a bite sized introduction to them. Finally, the styles differ so much that you can take away a lot for your own writing, being mindful both of things you think your writing could do with more of and what it could really do without.
The other one, though not recent, is Mongrels, by Stephen Graham Jones. It’s been on my radar forever but I’m only just reading it. What’s brilliant about it is that, yes, it’s a werewolf story and contains the trappings of what you would think a werewolf story should be – mythology, shapeshifting, bloody combat. But the book is also a really poignant story of a kid who is different growing up in a world that works in opposition to everything that he sees as natural. There’s so much humanity and struggle in it and characters that feel as real as you and me. I could say this about any of his books, but this is the one I’m reading now. It’s also a great book to show to people who say you can’t write good literature within genre.