Writers and wannabe-writers of the world, throw yourselves out there, test your limits. Here’s a great exercise to improve your writing in terms of style, voice and pacing.
“How long the party lasted Forrester did not know. He remembered a long harangue in which the drunken ballet dancer was trying to explain to him that the accent was Martian, not German; something to do with six-hundred-millibar oxyhelium air, which got them out of the habit of hearing certain frequencies.”
~Frederik Pohl, The Age of the Pussyfoot
“The Age of the Pussyfoot: Charles Forrester was out of the deepfreeze. It had taken several centuries to bring him back to life. But what a life it was! The 26th Century offered pleasure at the flip of a button – everything from gourmet food to stupendous sex right there for the asking. And for a rich man like Forrester, the possibilities of delight were endless. Of course, everything else was endless too. But by the time Forrester realized that he had had enough of a good thing – even too much! – he realized that he would somehow have to kill himself if he were ever to survive! It was the Age of the Pussyfoot.
“Namely when you don’t wash the porridge plate, the substance solidifies. It becomes world’s hardest matter that should be sold to NASA in the United States. Nothing would penetrate it, nothing would stick to it and in the end one could eat bits and pieces from the rocket.”
~Tuomas Kyrö, Mielensäpahoittajan Suomi
“Hundred stories of independent Finland, hundred stories from the Grump. The Finnish nation took a leap from the swamp to the sushi bar in a second and it does not matter that the other foot is still in the swamp. From the perspective of the Grump, we witness an agrarian and mobile phone centered Finland, male and female dominated, at least moderately. Finland where in the early phase of national birth, the Jäger infantrymen went cross-country skiing to Germany and in the contemporary period refugees walked over to Finland.
Whazzup folks? It’s almost the end of 2017! This year has been a great one, I think, with quite a few surprising turn of events. Currently, I am one book short of my Goodreads book challenge. I am pretty confident in my capabilities to finish the challenge 🙂
“One of the first things I did when I realized that I was never going to make it home – when I was the only crew member left, all the others stuffed into their sleeping chambers like rigid, vacuum-packed action figures – was to write up a list of everybody I would never see again…”
~James Smythe, The Explorer
“Everything in my life that I value has been gained at the cost of not saying what I really think and saying what they want me to say.”
~Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark
“In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
For us amateur writers, finding time to sit down and hit the keyboard demands serious efforts. It does not happen easily. There is the schedule issue, timing usually also sucks.