The Awful Truth about Marco Ocram
A few authors whose recommendations I value brought a book to my attention on Twitter. I bought the book and found it different from any book I’d ever read, and I’m an avid reader.
The book, The Awful Truth about the Sushing Prize, is about a writer who has teamed up with the local chief of police to fight crime.
The author, Marco Ocram, who is the narrator as well as the best-selling fictional author, fights not only crime but also all the constructs of the writing process through an original method of story-telling, or Ocramism.
So what is Ocramism?
Ocramism, a noun, can be defined as a literary shortcoming or concern foregrounded in a work of fiction by its author. It is also writing in the style of Marco Ocram.
Ocram shares the process of writing with the reader, making it a meta-cognitive style of story-telling.
“I wondered if I was […] committing some enormous literary gaffe.”
Two things happened after I read this book:
First, I never again experienced writer’s block.
Second, I bought Ocram’s second book, The Awful Truth about the Name of the Rose, and read it.
Once again, deconstruction and parody were the main ingredients of the style.
Ocram’s third book, which I hear will appear soon, includes lessons on writing, Ocram style.