Category Archives: Literature

Seksordsroman/6-word novel

Historien lyder, at Hemingway var på en bar sammen med en flok venner, som også var forfattere. Han udfordrede dem her til den mest ekstreme flash fiction-konkurrence nogensinde ved at påstå, at han kunne skrive en bedre roman på seks ord, end nogle af dem kunne på seks sider. Da de slog til, skrev han på en serviet: For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Hvorvidt det er sandt eller ej, må de fleste med lidt sans for skriveri indrømme, at det er den stærkeste flash fiction-roman til dato. Der er en formfuldendt fortalte tragedie i de seks ord, og den er hidtil uovertruffen. Continue reading

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Den onde/The bad guy

En ond karakter ser højest sandsynligt ikke sig selv som ond. Han ligner andre mennesker på de fleste punkter. Han er stærk, intelligent, motiveret. De fleste ville respektere ham, og de fleste respekterer ham sandsynligvis, da de ikke ved, han er ond (tænk: American Psycho). Han er helten, bare med et mål, der er ondt. Han har måske en familie, børn, som han er god imod, en gammel mor, han tager sig af, en enlig nabo, han hjælper. Han kan forekomme ekstremt elskelig. Han har noget, der driver ham mod det onde: jalousi, vrede, bitterhed, hævnsyge. Continue reading

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Show, don’t tell

Many people make the error of describing and telling instead of showing – and that makes a story flat and boring. During all my work with writers, both known and so-far unknown, it has been near to my heart to help them create life with this technique. Continue reading

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Redigering: Sanser og isbjerge/Editing: Senses and icebergs

Hemingway wrote, that the reader will have a feeling of those things as strongly as the writer had stated them, and this is exactly what it’s about: transfering emotion from yourself, as a writer, to the reader sitting somewhere out there in the world reading your book. Continue reading

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Om at redigere/On editing

Det nemmeste ved at skrive er faktisk at skrive. Historien er planlagt, fingrene danser over tastaturet, karaktererne bliver levende, plottet udfolder sig, og alt er skønt. Inden du ser dig om, har du skrevet en hel roman, og så … … Continue reading

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At skrive dialog/Writing dialogue

Dialog er ikke fyld. Fyld er aldrig godt. Gør det kort og præcist som med resten. Brug dialog til at fortælle historien: vigtige oplysninger, karaktertræk, opbygning af klimaks.
Lyt til rigtige dialoger. Det er afbrydelser, gestikuleren, øjekast, trippen, mimik. Der er så meget mere end ord. Ingen taler uafbrudt eller når at give lange monologer. Continue reading

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Margaret Atwood

Luckily, Atwood is a very diligent writer and there is a lot more to look forward to. Knowing my addicted self, it will be Atwood all the way to Christmas or longer. What worries me the most is that it seems as if Mofibo haven’t got all her books. I must write to them or something.  Continue reading

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Currently reading

Just like scents, books carry memories. I have memories colored by the book I was reading when they happened, and certain events in my life are remembered with the mood brought to me by stories I was experiencing by reading them at that certain time. I’m sure you know what I mean. Continue reading

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What I talk about when I talk about literature.

Do you remember what it was like when you were a kid and an adult would read aloud to you? Do you remember how it felt as if you were in a completely different world, each word spoken, each word … Continue reading

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Just another girl

I recently stumbled upon a book named “The Girl on the Train”, while browsing the bookstore for birthday presents, i.e. Stephen King (all hail to the King) books for a friend. It was on sale, not very cheap, but still … Continue reading

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