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making love is an art. it does not require clay or paint or eraser shavings. i gave you all the pieces of me i could; the bend of my knee, my eyelashes, the back of my neck.

you whisper sweet nothings soft in my ear and my spine shakes and skin quivers. i tell you these goosebumps are not from the cold.

your bedroom, an art gallery we display these bodies, our bodies, like acrylic on canvas. sweat runs and drips and we call it abstract. it is humid and foggy, loud with the music of our voices that linger through the midnight moon shadows. in this moment, there is no such thing as flaws. we are surrounded by so much art.

you are the question i never want to ask. you are the religion no one speaks of. you are all four seasons combined to make every moon phase and every sunrise. you are the distance between then and when. you are the one i desire.

and who needs sleep when you can make art? sweaty, messy, in-the-moment art. i dig my fingers so far into the mattress, i can remember this moment just as well as the last. my fingers sprawl and tangle in your hair. your face glistens and i breathe deep. this will always be our way of showing each other’s love.

-do we make art or does art make us?

anonymous asked:

I am a reviewer AND an aspiring author. Does this necessarily mean I will get into problem one day? I do it anonymously but I suppose publishers can dig up my full name if they really try. Oh, what have I done?

no, it won’t run into any problems for you! if you think about it, editors who are also writers might have the same problem, considering they may reject a book that goes on to be a bestseller. so i don’t think you have anything to worry about when it comes to being a reviewer and an author, bc reviews are part and parcel of the industry. :)

July 1st, 1973

it is the first day of July

summer


a few facts I want to note–

for the past two weeks I’ve been working on the first book of a massive– year-long contract that Capitol Hill Graphics got with the Government Printing Office– 16 books all toll.


An incredible undertaking intended to transform our department from a production department for a sleepy little 24-page weekly into a successful composition house. All of the books are required to be letter perfect and flawlessly in accord with the GPO stylebook. We had two weeks to produce the first book– a 600 page Army Handbook on Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim. These books are intended as complete summaries of all the information available on areas where, I guess, someone may be stationed. Really interesting– the land, the culture, the history, psychological descriptions of the people– politics– economy, religion– tradition, etc.–


All of this was taken on with practically no planning– very little preparation and all sorts of conflicts as to what was expected.


As it has turned out– I have been working at breakneck speed on an average of 15-16 hours a day– going insane trying to get it done. Henry and I.


It’s been a tiring, exciting experience. Tonight I pasted up the last page. Tomorrow it has to be completed– our deadline is Tuesday.

How To Write A Book: Part One: How To Write A Book

That’s a shit title, isn’t it? What a stupid thing to write an article about; how to write a book. You already know how to write a book. It’s like writing anything, only longer. You get some ideas and you write them down. Start with chapter one, write down all your ideas and when you run out of ideas, write “The End” and that’s your book. That’s all there is to it. There you go; that’s the whole article. How to write a book: Step One, write a book. What a waste of everybody’s time that was.

Obviously, I’m joking. This isn’t how to write a book. You already know how to do that. You’ve read books before, right? If you haven’t, stop reading this and go read a book. Read lots of books. You’ll figure out how to write a book by reading them. They’re all the same. A front cover, a load of chapters with words in them, then a back cover. That’s all there is to it.

No, I’m not going to teach you how to write a book. I’m going to teach you two other things that are far more important. Firstly, I’m going to teach you how to write a good book. That’s the tricky part, especially considering that what a good book is, is up for debate. There are people out there – nobody I know, but people just the same – there are people out there who think Dan Brown is a good writer who writes interesting books. Dan Brown once wrote the sentence “The famous man looked at the blue cup” so I disagree, but that’s just, like, my opinion. There are no set rules as to what makes a good book. If you write something and somebody enjoys it, even if that somebody is you, then you’ve written a good book for that person.

What qualifies me to teach how to write a good book? Simple; I’ve done it. I’ve written nine books so far, and seven of them have been good. One of them is great. Of course, I’m judging that by what I think a makes for a good book, but that’s what I was talking about in the previous paragraph. There is at least one person out there who thinks seven of my books are good. In truth, there are lots of people who think my books are good. In fact, over a million people read my book Sand, and the vast majority of them thought it was good. They told me so. Mostly, they were strangers, too, so it’s not like they said it to make me feel better or anything. If there’s one thing the Internet is good for, it’s making strangers feel like shit, so if someone goes out of their way to tell you they enjoy your book, you should listen to them.

Secondly, I’m going to teach you how to write a successful book. This is less open to debate. A successful book is one which makes you money. If you’re a successful writer, and you write successful books, then you can do it full time. That’s kind of the end-goal for most writers; to be so good at writing people pay you to do it, and pay you so much you don’t have to work a shitty day job to make ends meet. I’ve met writers who have been published and critically well received, but who work in niche markets that don’t make any money. This is called literature. Your great-great-grandkids will benefit from you writing literature, but you, personally, will live in squalor for your whole life, you’ll die alone and you’ll be buried in a pauper’s grave. If you want to write literature, then go ahead. Good literature can improve the world in distinct and unimaginable ways. You’ll make the world a better place by writing good literature, but you are going to die of scurvy.

What qualified me to teach how to write a successful book? Absolutely fuck all. I’ve never done it. I’ve only ever had one book published, and it was one of the not-good ones. It was a book about vampires and some people liked it. I am not one of those people. It was a noisy, messy book. The pacing was all over the place, the characters were unlikeable and unrealistic and the ending was rushed and a complete cop-out. Why this was the only book I’ve ever attempted to make money from is beyond me. I’m guessing it’s because it’s my least-favourite thing I’ve ever written. It love it, because it’s one of my babies, but I don’t like it. I don’t really care about it, despite the fact I love it. So, that was the one I chose to send out in to the world to fend for itself. I self-published it, which is a tricky thing to do. It’s possible to self-publish a successful book, but I never managed it. I think I made something like £28 in total with that book. It took me six months to write. If we’re going to be completely mercenary about it, I earned about 15p a day writing that book. There are children in sweatshops that make more than that.

See, I read a lot of How To Write articles. I always feel like there’s a magical ingredient I’m missing. I read articles from other writers about how they achieved success and it always feels like there’s a paragraph or a chapter than just isn’t there. They always read something like this:

I was working as a waiter in a restaurant when writing my first book. I would get up at six in the morning and write for three hours, then go wait tables for nine hours. When I got home, I’d spend an hour editing what I’d written that morning, then repeat the process the next day. I did this every day for two years. My agent sent the manuscript out to over a hundred publishing houses and they all rejected my book as books about Trolls falling in love wasn’t ‘in’ right then. However, the head of Flibbertigibbet Inc. just happened to come across my book and he understood what we could do with it. After meeting with him, he signed me on to a three-book contract and that’s when Fox Entertainment became interested in turning my little book in to a movie!”

Which, I mean, hey, great for you. But there’s a few holes in the tale. And they’re all like this. Every single success story I’ve read goes along these lines. First of all, how did you manage to get up at six every morning? How did you manage to find a job where they didn’t care that you were half-asleep for your whole shift? Most importantly, where the fuck did you get an agent from!? How did you meet the head of a publishing house? How did Fox hear about your book!? WHAT AM I MISSING?

There’s a whole bunch of other stuff I don’t know. Some of it, I’ve learned “on the job” as it were. For example, when I first started writing, I had no idea you were supposed to edit your own book. I thought editors did that. But, no, you have to edit a thousand times before your book gets anywhere near an “editor”. What do you put in a synopsis? How do you figure out what agents you’re supposed to approach, and how do you approach them? Where do you draw the line between buttering them up and completely whoring yourself out? What’s the difference between an agent and a manager? Once again, how do you find the time to write while also working and having a life? What is the secret? How the fuck do you even get started?

That’s what this is for. See, I haven’t written a successful book. I haven’t even gotten close. I’ve never had an agent or a manager or the head of a movie company ringing me up asking how many sequels I’ve got planned. I’m a complete novice. Nine books under my belt and I still haven’t got a clue what I’m doing. But I’m learning, and I’m going to share what I’ve learned in this little articles. All the little bits that are a mystery to me right now, I’m going to figure out.

I’m going to share everything I do, the successful bits and the (I’m guessing far more numerous) failures. I wish somebody had already done this, so I don’t have to. But, if there is a magic formula to writing a successful book, I’m going to find it and I’m going to share it with you cunts.

In between, I’m going to be teaching you about the first bit; making your book as good as it can be. It’s going to be quite an adventure, probably. Or, I’m going to get frustrated and give up in a month. Either way, it should be fun. Join me, why not?