Branka Cubrilo

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Young people who decide to start writing novels or other fiction, for the most part, do not know where to start. There is very little material on how great authors began to write, how to write correctly, what techniques are best to use. There are, of course, a small number of books on writing, but they provide comprehensive knowledge that may seem overkill for a beginner. Therefore, I believe that already successful authors should organize their own online school, which will demonstrate the process of writing a book, explain the various nuances, advantages and disadvantages of different techniques and styles. It is not at all difficult to organize such a school, there are many services in which in literally half an hour you can fill a template with your own materials and even distribute and sell access to lessons. Although, it seems to me that the payment for this should be purely symbolic.

Instead of sitting down in front of the TV again, it is better to pick up a book and immerse yourself in its world. The Mosaic of the broken soul is the one to read. A completely different reality will open before you, which will absorb you without a trace and make you live the life of the main characters. Don't like to read? You just haven't read really interesting books. Great writing services realization, character development and nice adventures and more await you in a well-written book. Books not only develop your imagination, further knowledge of different aspects of life, but just generally help you relax and distance yourself from problems you encounter in real-life. When you read an amazing story, you will time travel to other eras, or understand other cultures and ways of life. Can you actually write about books, have you ever completed books reports or reviews? Surely, you could write different essays providing your feedback on the book read. Maybe you even considered writing a book? If so, you need to pick a location, historical era, develop characters and then get to writing it down. Your writing has to be logical with no plot-holes and unanswered questions. And of course, a big text like that will have to be edited, probably not one. Don’t let it scare you, though as if you get stuck, you can always get writing help a different stage of your work.

THE MOSAIC OF THE BROKEN SOUL is a contemporary, literary novel that has some darkness of texture. It is a narrative of one continuous situation but it is not one note. Narrative is relatively incidental. This is a novel that is impressionistic and metaphorical; the characters are not expected to be entirely ‘real’, whether they are Her or the Nobleman, and a serious consideration of the relationship of art and experience to life. There is good interior landscaping and description of situation.

But the environment that the author creates makes sense, and is graced with a good, controlled use of language. It is not entirely an easy book; it is very reflective. It says quite a bit about the contemporary zeigeist.

This is not mainstream material, but when reader does enter this rather hermetic, introspective world that Branka has created, he or she will find themselves involved, and unable to leave. What on earth will happen next, we ask ourselves, and in fact, what has happened? Is it real, or are we in a book?

The prose is rich, it is a novel of the interplay of character and emotion. Branka uses language with effect: the images of internal alienation are integral to the entirety of the work. It lifts the text and takes the reader along with the flow of the narrative, although, as we have said, the book is not primarily narrative driven.

‘Branka’s writing is elegant and penetrative’.

Penelope Plunket