Free from the daily tasks of rearing helpless children, free to see and comprehend without vanity, loving life because we know we may have to leave it soon, we would embark on our journey to the stars not for ego or planting flags but only for information to transmit back to our grandchildren for their future explorations.
Such tiny, perfect revelations. A couple of years ago, I posted a portion of this list on my old WD blog around the same time we ran a great quote feature on 90 tips from bestselling authors in the magazine.
Recently, someone asked if I was still collecting quotes. Happy Friday, and happy writing. It cannot be done.
I am privileged to have grown up in a house filled with books. I don’t remember learning to read; I simply recall booksthose that felt beneath me, . Blaise Pascal? John Locke? Benjamin Franklin? Henry David Thoreau? Cicero? Woodrow Wilson? Dear Quote Investigator: I was planning to end a letter with the following remark. If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of the craft as Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Henry Miller, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Susan Orlean, Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, and more.. Please enjoy.
Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.
An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.
Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts. There never have been, nor can there ever be. The rest matters little. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.
The essence will not be, of course, the same thing as the raw material; it is not even of the same family of things. The novel is something that never was before and will not be again.
If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.
Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again.
|Essentials||Or keys to keyboard; "Use whatever works," he often says.|
You can do that in 20 minutes, and 15 inches. Some high school kid was leading a campaign to ban books he found offensive from the school library. The story was short, mostly about the issue.Virginia Woolf was born Adeline Virginia Stephen on 25 January at 22 Hyde Park Gate in South Kensington, London to Julia (née Jackson) (–) and Leslie Stephen (–), writer, historian, essayist, biographer and mountaineer.
Julia Jackson was born in in Calcutta, Bengal, British India to Dr John Jackson and Maria "Mia" Theodosia Pattle, from two Anglo-Indian families. Fantasy ethics: UKL’s The Complete Orsinia, by Roz Kaveney, at The Times Literary Supplement, 24 March 29 March Postmodern Anarchism in the Novels of Ursula K.
Le Guin, by Lewis Call. Reprinted with the kind permission of the author “An article that let me see aspects of my own older. Like fellow genre icon Stephen King, Ray Bradbury has reached far beyond his established audience by offering writing advice to anyone who puts pen to paper.
(Or keys to keyboard; "Use whatever works," he often says.) In this keynote address at Point Loma Nazarene University's Writer's. Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do?is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke.
Like fellow genre icon Stephen King, Ray Bradbury has reached far beyond his established audience by offering writing advice to anyone who puts pen to paper. (Or keys to keyboard; "Use whatever works," he often says.) In this keynote address at Point Loma Nazarene University's Writer's.
Inevitably, I've been asked many questions about my creative process. In my usual fashion, I talk about my narrative arc and how I cannot begin writing a novel until I 'see' the clear shape of my dramatic arc, or, to put it in more simple terms, my story thread with its bright beads of scenes, leading strongly and powerfully to my endpoint, my crisis .