Writing Tips Round Up: Infinite absurdity4 min read
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“The aim of absurdism is to get at least a tiny step closer to the answers that matter, that offer consolation to the kindred-hearted, and bring forth the author’s individual reasoning that can serve as an aid to others.”
To get you started, dip your toes into the genre with this introduction to the Absurd in literature from The Write Practice.
“If you’re writing absurdist fiction, you have to be careful not to judge the characters or their actions. This should be left to the reader. Let your audience decide for themselves. Also, leave the moral of the story deliberately vague. You should let your readers take from your story what they will. Possibly there is no moral, especially if the events in your novel are truly absurd in nature.”
LA Quil picks up the baton and delves further into the realm of absurdist writing, guiding you through the defining traits of the genre.
“Think of the most bizarre story you’ve ever read, then outdo it, leap over it, and vanquish it with your whimsical post-realism twists.”
Now that you have the basics down, the Pluperfecter blog post lays down five rules for writing absurdist fiction.
“If you’re new to surrealism, I urge you to try using it in your own writing as a way to make things stranger, more dreamlike, and ultimately more unique and memorable.”
Prefer to turn your pen towards surrealism? Let The Writerly Life take you through the basics of the surrealist genre, what to consider and more importantly, what to avoid.
“Surrealism can run through an entire novel like words through a stick of rock, or you can use it more sparingly. One episode in the enormously affecting Beloved by Toni Morrison is devoted to a poetic, stream-of-consciousness monologue communicating the title character’s experience of death.”
There are plenty of examples of how to introduce surrealism to your writing in this article by Liminal Pages, citing Thomas Pynchon, JG Ballard and Yann Martel.
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