About this blog:  Serendipity is a blog dedicated to the novel, the unexpected, and the remarkable, in the art of writing.  Its purpose is to publish my original work, to share notable works of others, and above all to bring a bit more literary color to the world.


11 Responses to About

  1. Serendipity – lovely name for a blog…

  2. Flora says:

    Sam, do you have an e-mail I could correspond to you at? I’m similarly passionate about literature and I love all of the ideas that you share on here. Your poetry is also really great – it’s obvious that you read poetry and know what aspects go into making a poem. I’d love to speak with you at length about this! Thank you!

  3. You are brilliant writer Boy. Just by reading this work, I know you have a bright future in front of you. Your friends must be really lucky to know someone like you. Also, how old are you? I mean, you’re such an amazing writer, so depending on your age, I may have more hope.

    • SamBirrer says:

      Well, thanks! I don’t quite understand what you mean by saying you “may have more hope,” however. Would you care to elucidate?

    • SamBirrer says:

      Well, what I’ve found is that the first (and perhaps biggest) step is liking something. 🙂 The next step is just doing that thing. A lot. Try again and again, do it anywhere, any time, in every way imaginable. Don’t think about whether you’re good at it, just do it. And while you’re doing that, learn everything you can about it – look at the writing of great writers and try to figure out what they have that lesser writers don’t. Thinking about what you read can bring you to a deeper understanding of the art of writing.

      Oh, and a good solid knowledge of the English language is essential, so pay attention in school! (I know, easier said than done.)

      But the most important thing is to write and BE YOURSELF when you write. Don’t try to conform to someone’s image of what good writing should be.

      I hope some of that helps. 🙂

    • SamBirrer says:

      That’s a tough one, since I’m not sure what reading level you’re comfortable with right now… If you told me what other books you’ve read it would help. But I’ll see what I can do for now.
      Here are some suggestions for 6th – 8th grade level: “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my favorites, and Divakaruni’s “The Conch Bearer” is great fantasy as well. (Not sure if you go in for fantasy, but I guessed based on your picture of Merlin). If you want historical fiction, I’d go for Rosemary Sutcliff, probably, or Elizabeth George Speare. Other types are Gary Paulsen (“Hatchet” and “Dogsong” are both good, in my opinion), and Louisa May Alcott. These are all fiction, because that’s what I’m most familiar with.

      Now, if you’re in high school or older, I’ll gladly suggest more advanced books, but I’ll have to think that through more. Let me know if this helps or if you wanted a different age-level, okay? And don’t just take my word for it that these are good books… take a look and see for yourself. Keep in mind, I have particular tastes like everyone else, and these may or may not be your style. Good luck!

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