A book list for every novel

December 5, 2017

Dear Readers,

I made the awful decision of starting to write Saint DOM from Lebanon without knowing how it was going to end or what it was about or who the characters would be or anything before I started to write it. If you wish to be a creative writer please know how your story ends before you start writing it.

Do people get the satire?

I don't want to be "heavy-handed" with admonishments for characters behavior. We are all sinners. But there are some characters and some behaviors which I do find intolerable and I hope that my portrayal of them comes off with the right effect and not just some kind of amateur comedy sketch.


Reading is key to solving writers block

Reading a voluminous amount of literature you enjoy that is meaningful to your story is so important to writing. Some natural law connects the act of reading and writing so far that a person can't rise above his peers affecting the whole universe like a minor deity unless he has read profoundly. Sometimes stupid things like social media, or mental health, or insomnia interfere with important things like reading. But it remains the same that the gift of writing does not come without a serious amount of reading. Thank you to the college professors who nurtured that idea in me.


What to read

"The History of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha"
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

-Wikipedia: "Don Quixote"

"Gulliver's Travels" or "Travels into some remote nations of the world. In four parts. By Lemeul Gulliver, first a surgeon and then a captain of many ships" -the full title of the widely read prose satire by Jonathon Swift.

- AB