By Ayobami Adebayo—
Read Margret Atwood’s “Happy Endings” and pay more attention to the how and why of your work.
For short and practical insights, read Kurt Vonnegut’s “How to write with style.” My favourite tip: “…If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.”
Go over to Thresholds and listen to eleven writers talk about writing short stories. These podcasts give great insights into the craft and writing processes of acclaimed authors such as Deborah Levy, Margaret Drabble and David Vann.
Read this interview granted by Chinua Achebe. Here is my favourite bit: “After all, some people will say, Why does he put in all these Nigerian-English words? Some critics say that in frustration. And I feel like saying to them, “Go to hell! That’s the way the story was given to me. And if you don’t want to make this amount of effort, the kind of effort that my people have always made to understand Europe and the rest of the world, if you won’t make this little leap, then leave it alone!”
Dream about taking a great author photo. Here’s some inspiration.
Ayobami Adebayo is one of Saraba Magazine’s fiction editors, and author of the forthcoming novel Stay with Me. Join her and Emmanuel Iduma on Tuesday 13 October for a tweet-chat on the Saraba Manuscript Prize.
Photo: Chinua Achebe by Steve Pyke