One of the most important things you can do as a writer is read. Read broadly and avidly, and try to take tips and tricks from genres outside of your own work. Why is that such an important thing? Well, it can become very easy to get stuck in a rut and keep regurgitating the same old tired-out tropes if you have tunnel-vision with the media you consume. I’ve seen it time and time again on the Episode app: people will write and read only romance stories… and without realising it (at least I hope it’s not deliberate), their work becomes pretty much identical to all of the other romance stories on the app. I get very bored of a saturation of the same ideas on Episode, and I think that I might actually do a blog post about this in the future, as it’s something that I’m particularly passionate about.
In the meantime, though, I have decided to start a reading recommendation section in this blog, which will hopefully arm you with some new material and different things to think about when you’re writing your stories. It will broaden your horizons and help you create something more original. I’ll do most of the work for you. I’ll find the literature, post a picture and a small description up on my Instagram. Then, from there, I’ll write a more in-depth review over on here on what I think is special about the particular piece of writing I’ve chosen. I’ll tell you what I think is good about it and it’s limitations. I’ll even include information on who I think the work will help the most! Regardless of your preferred writing genre, I can guarantee that you’ll learn something from this!
The recommendations can be a number of different things: fiction or non-fiction; literary criticism or short history; poetry or prose. The point is that it’s designed to make you think of new ways to write so I will try to include as much different material as possible! I’m hoping I’ll be able to draw from different traditions, cultures and countries all around the world to show you how westernised our idea of a ‘good story’ has become and how we can combat that. Although it might be challenging, I can promise you that I will be with you every step of the way to make this a much more pleasurable experience than your average English Literature class… and hopefully, if you’re still in school, you can use this info to help you ace your tests!
The first of these reading recommendations will be The Uncanny by Sigmund Freud. I have a few ideas on where to go next, but please feel free to contact me with your suggestions, grievances and questions! Drop a comment on the posts and let’s make this as interactive as possible. We can learn together!