All posts for September 2016

Doing Weird Dept.

Don't do weird. Just do you.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/09/29 08:00

Another busy week, pardon the silence. Our text for today: On Being Weird.

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Tags: controversy creativity nonconformity writers writing

An Appropriate Response Dept.

Creativity; cultural appropriation; "write what you know"; and all that.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/09/20 08:00

A busy week; much real life stuff going on, little time for blogging. AONO continues to roll along, and the latest stretch of work brought to mind that old discussion I keep coming back to about how tough it is to be original. This time, a different angle, the one about "write what you know".

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Tags: creativity cultural appropriation writers writing

It'll Be Fun, They Said Dept.

How my latest book started as a lark, and turned into a mission.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/09/11 08:00

Strange, but true. When I first started working on Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned, around the end of last year, it was partly a reactionary gesture. I'd been in the middle of trying to plan a project that just wasn't coming together properly -- too inert, too stiff, too unadventurous, too square -- and so I decided to chuck it and do something wild-'n'-crazy, do something fun.

Now cut to me around ten or so months later, and I'm neck-deep in this thing, and it's becoming as complex as that behemoth Flight of the Vajra was. Did I goof?

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Tags: Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned plotting writing

To Thine Own Balance Be True Dept.

The key word there isn't 'balance', but 'your'. (Well, 'thine'.)

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2016/09/01 08:00

In conversation with friends this past weekend, the following insight popped out. When we say "be true to yourself", we often do so in ignorance of the way people can be "true to themselves" while at the same time excluding the possibility of any connection with others. A happy medium must be struck, and so I ventured that maybe "be true to yourself" isn't the most complete formula -- that it should be more something like, "be true to your balance".

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Tags: creativity creators experimentation writing

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