There are works of literature that I will never understand but I occasionally do love to read them. A page or two from Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce or some gadget instructions from unknown Chinese author.
Growing up in the socialist Yugoslavia I read and heard a lot about self-censorship: The writers just didn’t want to go where the whip of the government was waiting. Later on, I’ve noticed that most of this self-censorship is unconscious. The idea is killed or changed even before it reaches the consciousness – this is … [>>>>>>>]
Even before I started using Microsoft Word as my everyday tool for writing, I got used to CTRL+O keyboard shortcut for opening a document. After Word 2010 (I think) this shortcut was gone and I was left with long and tedious clicking through menus to get to the File open dialog box. I know that … [>>>>>>>]
I spent years researching the creative process of writers and I wrote a book about it, called Born for stories. I said to myself that one day I’ll keep an inventory of time spend for writing one of my novels. Idea The first germ of idea came to me when I was following the news … [>>>>>>>]
This year, while on holiday, I managed to read a lot of books, all of them on kindle. I noticed some funny side effects: like wondering what happened to the character X and remembering that he belongs to the novel I read previously, etc. The recollection of the books I’ve read was much worse from … [>>>>>>>]
It’s strange how the creative process works. How the brain opens up while searching for the solutions and includes and uses every piece of reality that comes by. So, I was in a beautiful village of Topolovo, almost deserted at this time of the year. Nice people of Postaja Topolove (thank you Miha and Donatella!) … [>>>>>>>]
When I started research for my novel Paloma Negra, I have nothing to start on except old gramophone records from the flea market. Even Google couldn’t find a single hit. I scanned the covers, prepared the web page and asked for assistance. This is a story about how the idea for the novel started: … [>>>>>>>]
This is my brain while doing nothing in particular (OK, just lying in the Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner): Sometimes, after a long procrastination, in quiet surroundings, when I’m alone, I start writing and the brain changes: I had a chance to scan my brain while doing research for my non-fiction book about writers and … [>>>>>>>]