At 15, Jeriel Ng is the youngest guest author on the blog! I’m very excited to feature him and his literary novel, The Syndicate.
Could you tell us a little bit about your novel?
The Syndicate, in essence, is based in the fictional city of New Valley, in which a new chancellor has recently come to power. Though many soon begin to welcome his new ideals, the revolutionary factions known as the Bastion and its splinter group, the Syndicate, rise up in an effort to take Chancellor Hagan down. The Syndicate does introduce a compelling plotline, but, for the most part, its strongest contribution is its use of underlying themes and philosophies.
How do you define literary fiction?
Literary fiction, from my perspective, can be anything that describes the everyday life of a certain individual, or individuals, without necessarily including concepts and ideas that are too farfetched. Essentially, the main goal of literary fiction involves a heavy focus on character development and philosophical ideals.
How do you tackle a difficult scene?
Once I manage to get into a writing session and have my ideas flowing, the words usually flow onto the page with ease. However, if I do encounter a difficult scene, my pacing will slow down, almost to the point in which I close my laptop and begin to think in my mind how I will go about writing that particular scene. In such times, I would usually continue on with whatever I have in mind without worrying about making it perfect because, really, that’s what revision is for.
What led you to write this novel?
At the time, I was really into the idea of having a group whose members, from afar, would appear uniform, but if you would closely analyze each one for who they are, you would notice that each individual has a different contribution to bring to the table. Each of these contributions would amount to the whole concept of teamwork, and I’ve always felt that would be an interesting topic to work with. For months, I would toy with this idea before deciding that a revolution would be the perfect premise for it.
I was actually in the process of revising another novel I’d started a year earlier, which had been a dark fantasy. Thus, I began The Syndicate without expecting to put much focus into it yet. However, NaNoWriMo soon began for 2010, so I decided that I would use that idea about revolution for this year. Over time, I really began to like that first-person format as well as the style of literary fiction, and I decided that The Syndicate would become my main focus.
What is the best advice you can give to other writers?
First of all, it is not worth it to listen to anyone who wishes to cut you down. Criticism is a great way to improve your writing, but if anyone were to make judgments without actually providing any constructive comments, don’t listen to them. Writing is such a vast world that there are so many different types and styles. Just because someone doesn’t agree with your particular style, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily wrong. Furthermore, I do believe that if people have a serious passion for writing, or even if they simply want to do it casually, then, by all means necessary, they should pursue that goal without stopping or looking back, because that is the way to achieve success.
The Syndicate is available on several online outlets, including Barnes & Noble.
To find out more about Jeriel Ng's works, visit http://www.JerielNg.com and http://www.facebook.com/JerielNgBooks/.
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