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How do you write literary fiction? I want to be the next great author.

>> No.18583337

It helps to be an social outcast and fuck up. Add pedo in there too. If you got those in your favor you’re 2/3 of the way there.

>> No.18583341

Learn to write serialized speculative fiction then time travel back to 50-100 years ago when it was still exciting, not overcrowded, and maybe even financially viable to do so without Khazar connections in the industry or some kind of sob story about how you're a brown gay fat retarded woman

>> No.18585056

Know jews that can help you publish

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Start writing
Finish writing
Get equipment you need to start handing out books
Voila, you are an author

>> No.18585066

Have talent. Lit fic is the exclusive domain of talent-havers. If you don't got it innately you'll never have it and should write genre fiction.

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you know what you must do

>> No.18585077

Great men brought low against their will to death by hubris and fate.
Small men raised up against their will to life by hubris and fate.

>> No.18585096

>Small men raised up against their will to life by hubris and fate.
Post more negatragedies.

>> No.18585109

Be unbridled and authentic. Those words and opinions sjws and assorted mediocrities try to censor? Use them. Tell everything and you'll be rewarded because art is interesting when it is bold.

>> No.18585766

Just bee yourself.

>> No.18585771

>I want to be the next great author.
>Goes on 4chan
never going to happen. Stop being delusional.

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me too fren
I've done a lot of research on how famous authors wrote, and the main point is consistency, or in other words practice. Even if what you write is never published, or if you burn it the next day, keep writing. Also living a generally healthy life is important, if you look at the schedules of famous authors almost all of them consistently exercised and made time for socializing.

>> No.18586611

I’m not even convinced you should aspire to write literary fiction. The world of literature and publishing is in such disarray. How noble is it really to struggle against that rather than focus your efforts somewhere more worthwhile? Write some good YA fiction if you want to I say.

>> No.18586616

What kind of exercise did they do? Besides a couple of well-known Japanese guys, I can’t think of many who did what most modern people think of as exercise, running and lifting weights.

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writing general's are a great place to start
good luck fren, post some stuff when you've written a bit

>> No.18586640

I read "will to death" as a single idea.

>> No.18586655

Too bad you were born in the wrong century. Go try to become the next great copy writer. gg m8

>> No.18586763

a lot of them went for long (2hr+) walks every day, others had a shorter and more intense workout routine, both usually in the middle of the day.

>> No.18586766

Interesting. What kind of intense exercise?

>> No.18587712

Study the greats and work on your craft, try doing it and see whether you have what it takes or should find another form of expression best suited to you.

>> No.18588030

Literary fiction provokes the reader to reflect on some aspect of reality. Be it themselves, their environment, or their society. This is a fairly vague description which means many things to many people. An adult might find the facile comparisons between our world and the world of Suzanne Collins' Panem to be fairly obvious, whereas a twelve year old might find themselves questioning what negative aspects of their society they might be accepting without realizing it. An adult might read Albert Camus' "The Stranger" and find themselves wondering what exactly is "wrong" with Mersault, whereas a nine-year-old doesn't have the life experience necessary to question the actions of an adult and will accept his actions as justified. One person might read 1984 and see a perfect description of their political enemies in the government of Oceania, whereas a more self-aware individual might stop to ask if they themselves are The Party.

There are a lot of ways to provoke this type of reflection. Some authors, like Orwell or Steinbeck, throw a pretty obvious moral question in your face. Other authors might just depict a bizarre, but realistic, character and compel you to compare yourself to them. Still others, like Joseph Heller in Catch-22, might experiment with structure and style and force you to understand how this plays into the overall themes presented in the literal text.

You aren't going to find an instruction guide. But if you look at authors who are considered "literary" you'll find that they typically have a few things in common: they speak multiple languages, they have lived in multiple countries, they also write poetry, or they have an advanced degree in English. Essentially they live in such a way that they are exposed to many different types of viewpoints and life experiences, and they engage in study which gives them the tools necessary to experiment with language and imagery in an effective way.

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