Writing Advice: Frankenstein Your Friends

LitReactor columnist and managing editor of CLASH Books, Christoph Paul, shares a great way to come up with main characters that will feel real and unique to you and your reader.

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Writers Should be Like Sam Hinkie & Trust The Process

In professional sports there is ALMOST never a good reason to lose, and in writing there is never a good reason to write poorly. Both are the golden rules of being ‘successful’ but what if you need to lose to get better, and need to write some shit to get better? What if losing and being shitty is part of the process to become great?

Author Alexander Boldizar Interviewed by Christoph Paul

One of the earliest reviews I received said, “A full on satire of contemporary law as mesmerizing and complex as something lost from David Foster Wallace, yet as light in tone as A Confederacy of Dunces.” First I was flattered, thrilled, and then I thought, wait, didn’t both those guys kill themselves?

THE HOMESICK MINIVAN

“We loved Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues and Enzo wanted to read the whole book out loud. It took a long time because we got very drunk.”

Michael Kindt (1968-2017)

“We’re saddened to announce that we lost a member of the CLASH family this week. Author and CLASH journalist Michael Kindt (April 14th, 1968 – February 21st, 2017) passed away unexpectedly at the age of 48.”

BEAST

“Every night he asks me the same question. “Will you sleep with me?”

If You Go Chasing Rabbits

“She rides that mushroom pole and flips upside down, with her legs spread high above her head. Her big blue eyes and red lips are innocence and corruption made flesh.”

Video Inferno

“The cameraman wore a black suit with white gloves and a shiny red shirt. A large, handheld video camera obscured his face. The lens pointed right at me.”

Wu-Tang Tribute Anthology Submissions Open

“We want 2,000 to 3,000 word stories dealing with anything Wu-Tang Clan related. That could be Gravediggaz themes of horror, cool ass ninja shit, grimy Shaolin monks, slick futuristic science fiction a la Bobby Digital, gritty, or off-the wall crime fiction.”

Empathy

“I have high levels of empathy. Not Will Graham level, but up there.”

The Line Between Aesthetic & Authenticity

“Among creative types–specifically authors–there is a lot of focus on aesthetic, and building a brand, and it results in a loss of authenticity within the writing they’re trying to promote. This is not a universal rule, but we are starting to lose touch with what it means to produce good work.”

Where Did John Green Go?

“Fans have been clamoring for more. The question is though, will John Green be able to supply new material before his relevancy diminishes?”

The Politics of Amazon vs. Apple

“For better or worse I see things very much through the lens of International Relations. I see the distribution of digital art as similar to the politics of the Cold War.”