Paperless writers

日期:2019-03-07 12:15:10 作者:冼华赢 阅读:

Once upon a time, aspiring fiction writers either found a publisher or resigned themselves to the fact that no one would ever read their brilliant prose. But these days, anyone can simply post their stories on the Net. In fact, as you dig through the fiction sites on the Web, it sometimes looks as though everyone does. To get an idea of the sheer volume of stuff out there, go to Brian Winter’s Guide to Fiction on the Web at www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/2465/index.html. It lists about 200 of the “best” fiction sites—with pithy comments to help you choose your reading: “He’s a good writer, but he’s got to get over this fixation about hitting women with delivery trucks.” For a slightly narrower selection, browse through some of the stories at the modestly named BadFiction site, www.concentric.net/~Brownrd/BadFiction/. Fancy yourself as a writer? Try out Scott Haartman’s Black on White site at www.bfree.on.ca/bow/. It’s full of good advice and tools to help you get down to writing—instead of just staring at your word processor, guzzling coffee and chocolate chip cookies—and includes a link to a mailing list of like-minded procrastinators. Remember Haartman’s mantra: in order to be a writer, you must write. Finally, no column on Net fiction would be complete without a nod to fan fiction or “fanfic”—written by people who just can’t wait for the next novel, movie, or TV episode to come out and decide to write the stories themselves. Explore some X-Files fan fiction, listed by author at http://mars.spaceports.com/~acacia/, and wonder at the labour lavished so lovingly on this stuff. Then check out www.geocities.com/Area51/Shire/2390/, a haven for the truly specialised X-Files fan. It sports entire archives devoted to stories about minor characters in the series. Who would have thought that Bill, agent Scully’s seldom-seen brother, could arouse such interest? More on these topics: