I am trying to learn how to be a writer. Apparently, most people have to stumble through it; for all except the brilliant, there is no other way. After several works, I am finally getting it. Here is when I rediscovered this book that was bought several years ago. It gives information on Vargas Llosa's development of his writing methods in his first books.
Vargas Llosa shares:
-how experiences in his life were transformed into literature and how this is common, though usually the end product is far from the initial event;
-his discovery of ways of using time and events occurring at different times to illuminate a single scene;
- the influences of military school, political events, experiences with native cultures, and spying on a house of prostitution as a boy were woven into his stories;
- how the writings of Sartre, Borges, and Faulkner, among others, affected his development as a writer.
These are just examples. This is a book for those who know the basics and want to improve their writing or understand literature better although it is not too technical so anyone with an interest in literary theory is likely to enjoy it.