I think that it is everyone’s secret dream to one day receive the Nobel Prize in, at least, one category. Personally, I am thinking discoveries in physics and medicine would be my achievements. Now, however, since I have taken the time to read a Nobel Prize winner in literature, I will give all writers out there some help to fulfill your secret dream!
Number 1: ♪“O Canada! Our home and native land...”♪ Munro’s stories are set in Canada, and so should yours if your goal is to attend the festivities in the Blue Hall on December 10th. It doesn’t matter if it’s in one of the bigger cities or in a little village where everyone knows everyone. The important thing here, is that we don’t miss out on the Rocky Mountains’ high peaks, the little stream flowing near the main character’s childhood home’s garden, or simply the Canadian atmosphere.
Number 2: Keep it short, please. Munro shows us that a story doesn’t have to be four hundred pages to be a bestseller. Hers are around twenty five, and yet she writes whole live stories. I am not saying that longer books are equal to bad books, but that words should not be wasted.
Number 3: Don’t leave out any trains! Travelling by train is both environmentally friendly and quick. It’s the ultimate vehicle for a book. As if the already mentioned advantages weren’t enough, you also get to meet a lot new people on a train, which you can interact with, without risking an accident (as in a car). I am glad that Munro is making sustainable choices for the environment, even in her fiction world.
Follow these simple steps and the Nobel Committee won’t take long to get in touch! Until next week I expect you to implement these suggestions into your own book!