Sunday, 21 March 2010

Things not to write about

THE NY TYRANT GUIDE TO NOT BEING A HORRIBLE WRITER IN THE YEAR 2010 includes
- a wedding
- lace
- mental institutions
and says
I’m still waiting to read a really good scene about somebody getting their ears pierced. It can be done.

The Rejectionist includes
- crime spree ending in small dusty Mexican town
- cubicle jobs
- being a twenty-year-old musician with existential torments who lives in Brooklyn

But couldn't you combine them all?

2 comments:

Titus said...

Ooh, I'm running with that one now...

Fin Keegan said...

Funnily enough novelist Roberto Bolano (I've been reading "The Savage Detectives" and "2666") uses at least 2 of these...

After Julian Gough's criticisms I suppose Irish funerals in the rain are also out of the question but doesn't that just want you make to write exactly that?

All of which only goes to prove that any rule about subject matter is breakable in the name of a story worth telling.