New Book Review Blog!

•September 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Book Review: Angry Conversations With God

•September 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

 

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Writing Story, and Goodkind’s Take

•August 21, 2009 • 3 Comments

          During the past few months I’ve begun to feel the reality of my book deadline, as if it were a tangible presence with me at all times. I feel it in the passenger seat while I’m driving. I feel it at the breakfast table when I’m eating my cereal. I hear in telling me to get to work when I’m aimlessly drinking coffee at Starbucks, and see it glaring at me disapprovingly when I’m being a couch potato. My story has become more than my project, it’s become a character in my life, and no matter how afraid I am of sitting down and writing, the fear and insecurities inside me are not going to win out. The story is guiding me, and I’m thankful to God for creating such an entity.

          Good stories do have that effect on us don’t they? They are there when we need them the most, when we are inspired to learn, or more conveniently when we want to run into a different reality. I’ve often buried myself in stories when I need to relax, or break away from the pressures of daily life.  That’s why my passion is writing.

          When I was in college I began reading Terry Goodkind’s “Sword of Truth” series. In interviews he seems shocked when someone refers to his works as fantasy, but I’m sorry, they are nothing but. That’s not to say that they are unoriginal, or not worth reading. On the contrary. They are fabulous stories that have kept me company during some of the most trying times of my life. I am planning on re-reading them again next year, before starting my second book, and look forward to it. But I digress.

          I’m saying all of this to preface the fact that tonight Terry Goodkind encouraged me as a writer in ways he won’t ever know.  In an interview with USA today, Goodkind answers the questions of some eager fans. His answers, in regards to the art of story, were very helpful to me. I specifically find encouragement in the story of his educational background and how it affected his writing.  If you click the link at the bottom of the page you might not like Goodkind anymore as a person. He exalts himself as a pious genius, when he would do well to learn from the writings of a more humble author like Lloyd Alexander. I hope the following quotes encourage you as they have me.

Phoenix, Arizona: At what age did you know you wanted to write and what course(s) in life did you take to see this thru? (schooling etc.)

Terry Goodkind: I’ve liked to tell myself stories ever since I was little. As long as I can remember, my most sacred ambition has been to write.

Because I have dyslexia, I had a hard time in school and a hard time with reading. As a result I didn’t like school, didn’t like English classes and didn’t like reading. But I always liked telling myself stories.

I have no formal education whatsoever in writing. Grammar, for example, is something that I learned as a function of logic, because grammar’s purpose is to make meaning clear. Although I don’t know the names of the parts of speech, I obviously know how to write a sentence.

I think writers are born, not made. The first thing I actually wrote was “Wizard’s First Rule,” when I was 45 years old. You might say what you are reading when you read “Wizard’s First Rule” is my education in writing.

Sterling, Virginia: Do you decide on the entire story line before you start writing, or does the story develop as it is written?

Terry Goodkind: A good novel consists of several elements: theme, plot and characterization. Plot is a logical progression of events. You can not tell a coherent, worthwhile story if you are wandering around aimlessly. When I start the process of writing down the story, I understand completely the theme, the plot and the characters.

When you do understand these elements, every passage of your novel, every sentence, will contribute meaningfully to those three elements. It’s absolutely essential that one understands the plot before they begin the process of writing it down.

The actual typing out of the story is not the important or most difficult part, but the result of having carefully thought through the other elements I mentioned.

Boston, MA: I realize this is a difficult question to answer in this format, but can you describe in general terms how you marketed and/or lobbied for “Wizard’s First Rule”?

Terry Goodkind: I got the best agent in the country, and he did those things.

Comment from Terry Goodkind: The reason the best agent in the country wanted to represent me was because he knew that this book would sell itself. In fact, he was correct. Three publishers wanted it, and so my agent held an auction. Ten weeks after I wrote the end of “Wizard’s First Rule,” it sold to Tor books for a record price that still stands to this day.

Phoenix, Arizona: Did not having any formal education in writing hinder your initial publications?

Terry Goodkind: In no way whatsoever. What publishers care about is the same thing readers care about, and that’s a story that keeps you turning pages. And hopefully also characters that uplift and inspire you. I cannot stress enough how irrelevant education is in this process, which is not to say that intellect is irrelevant, but meant to show what I said before, that writers are born and not made.

 

          To read the rest of the interview, which I wouldn’t advise honestly, click the link below…

http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20030805003/tscript.htm

Life Update

•August 10, 2009 • 4 Comments

Hey all!

Just wanted to say that I’ve missed blogging, and I’ve missed the community of bloggers I’ve gotten on know through The Evolution of God.

A few points of interest. A book was published called “The Evolution of God” and I want to say that it’s worth a read.

My agent Kathy and I are working regularly on my book. It should be out next fall.

Twitter is my playground since I have so little time to blog… if you want to follow me on twitter my screen name is @timothykurek.

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The above picture is my twitter gang! The Outlaw Preachers pictured above include (from left to right) Tim B. aka @agendaofgrace, Connie Waters  aka @conniejoh2o, Jay Bakker aka @jaybakker, and me. We are a few of many but I love this picture!

Have an awesme week!

Life Update!

•April 2, 2009 • 3 Comments

          I just wanted to update all of you as to why I’m not blogging! I have been working on a book for the past several months, and now have an INCREDIBLE agent! We met tonight and it was almost overwhelming. My dreams of being a writer, full time, are coming true, and I am working harder than ever on this book.

          But I had to post a blog tonight and say this… God is the force behind this blessing, and I am so humbled that He would allow a stubborn 22 year old, with no college degree, to do what I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time. The Bible says that, if we acknowledge Him in all our ways, HE will direct our path. I testify that this is the truth, and am excited to tell you that He makes good on His promises.

          GOD THANK YOU! THANK YOU FOR DIRECTING MY PATH! MAY YOU GET ALL THE GLORY FROM THIS NOVEL, AND MAY YOUR NAME BE PRAISED!

          Love you guys! I’ll post again soon. I’m most likely headed to New York City in the next three weeks for meetings. Pray for me.

Book Review: The Unlikely Disciple

•March 31, 2009 • 4 Comments

          As a writer, I love to read books that have just come out. It’s a ritualistic way, I believe, of supporting my peers, sharing with them in the accomplishment of publishing their unique literary art.

          But one peer, in particular, has published something near and dear to my heart. A book about my former college, Liberty University. His name is Kevin Roose and he is a 21 year old senior from Brown University. In an effort to bridge the cultural divide, Kevin attended Liberty for a spring semester, hoping to learn about a group of people that is stereotyped as much as any other. And fortunately for us, he wrote his experiences for us in a book, called The Unlike Disciple.

A few notable points about the book:

1. Kevin is fair, careful not to perpetuate the harmful stereotypes of Liberty Students.

2. His writing is spot on! Every page made me want to see what happened on the next, a trait that he has no doubt learned from his boss, A.J. Jacobs (author of “A Year of Living Biblically”).

3. He has a very enlightened sense of humor, and is very quick to paint a picture within every scene.

4. He talks about both Jerry Falwells, the Jerry that was widely seen as the bigot, and the Jerry that was a grandpa, of sorts, to every one of his students.

I highly encourage all of you to pick up his new book, and to leave positive feedback on Amazon.com for him! You can also follow him on twitter, by searching for KevinRoose (one word).

Click the picture below to purchase the book from Amazon.com!

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Happy Valentines Day…

•February 13, 2009 • 3 Comments

          Happy Valentines Day everyone… This video is for you and it’s amazing…

 
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