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Happy Birthday, Stephen King b. September 21, 1947
“Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”—Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Happy Birthday, Stephen King b. September 21, 1947

“Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”—Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

apoetreflects:

“It is usual that the moment you write for publication … one stiffens in exactly the same way one does when one is being photographed.  The simplest way to overcome this is to write it to someone, like me.  Write it as a letter aimed at one person.  This removes the vague terror of addressing the large and faceless audience and it also, you will find, will give a sense of freedom and a lack of self-consciousness.”
—John Steinbeck, from The Writer’s Chapbook, edited and introduced by George Plimpton (Viking Penguin, 1989)

apoetreflects:

“It is usual that the moment you write for publication … one stiffens in exactly the same way one does when one is being photographed.  The simplest way to overcome this is to write it to someone, like me.  Write it as a letter aimed at one person.  This removes the vague terror of addressing the large and faceless audience and it also, you will find, will give a sense of freedom and a lack of self-consciousness.”

—John Steinbeck, from The Writer’s Chapbook, edited and introduced by George Plimpton (Viking Penguin, 1989)

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oupacademic:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography podcast: Arthur Conan Doyle, writer

Conan Doyle’s fiction made astonishing progress in the early 1880s. He learned the economics of the short story from the work of Guy de Maupassant and from the Edinburgh medical journals with their logical progress from case-statement to collection of symptoms, rival diagnoses, and finally to ultimate conclusion and explanation. His first translation of these techniques into fiction ended in what is now called A Study in Scarlet. The story brought together Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson for the first time and a lifelong series was launched.

The story of Arthur Conan Doyle is one of over 200 episodes available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s podcast archive. New episodes are released every second Wednesday.

Image: Portrait of Arthur Conan Doyle, The Canadian Magazine. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women for the money. And it made her miserable.

As a young writer, Alcott concentrated on lurid pulp stories of revenge, murder, and adultery–“blood and thunder” literature, as she called i–and enjoyed writing very much. She was in her mid 30s when an editor suggested she try writing a book for girls. Alcott wasn’t very interested, but her father was a complete moron with money and had left the family in terrible financial trouble. Alcott wrote Little Women in hopes of some decent sales and a little breathing room and got way more than she asked for. The money in sequels was too good to turn down (and her father didn’t get any smarter with a dime), but Alcott hated writing what she called “moral pap for the young” and longed to return to the smut and violence of her early endeavors.

austinkleon:

Photographs of writers at work.

Note how many standing desks! See also a great book on the subject, The Writer’s Desk.

Filed under: work spaces

David Foster Wallace was by the end a good person, loved and mourned by just about everyone except Bret Easton Ellis. It’s possible to see Wallace’s career as the inversion of that of another great American novelist who wrote journalism that was pervaded by his personality: Norman Mailer. Monstrousness was the thing Mailer was always trying to enact and the thing Wallace was always trying to deflect or recover from. Wallace was consumed by guilt even on the page; Mailer never seemed to feel a pang. Wallace couldn’t stand Mailer’s books: ‘Unutterably repulsive. I guess part of his whole charm is his knack for arousing strong reactions. Hitler had the same gift.’
Christian Lorentzen’s LRB review of ‘Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace’ by D.T. Max

thorindurin:

For those who have never heard J.R.R. Tolkien sing, voilà!


“That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates!” sung by the legend himself.

Blessed are the weird people - poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours - for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.
Jacob Nordby (via stainedpoems)
Happy birthday H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937)
“I couldn’t live a week without a private library—indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.”
Ten Things You Should Know About H.P. Lovecraft

Happy birthday H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937)

“I couldn’t live a week without a private library—indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.”

Ten Things You Should Know About H.P. Lovecraft

vintageanchorbooks:

DRINKING HABITS OF FAMOUS AUTHORS…

IAN FLEMING: Gin Martini

WILLIAM FAULKNER: Mint Julep

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: Gin Rickey

STEPHEN KING: Beer

HUNTER S. THOMPSON: Wild Turkey

TRUMAN CAPOTE: Screwdriver

RAYMOND CHANDLER: Gimlet

EDGAR ALLAN POE: Eggnog

OSCAR WILDE: Iced Champagne

More here: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/drinking-habits-of-famous-authors

The 10 Best Beards in Literature - BOOK RIOT

thetinhouse:

On this day in 1819, Herman Melville was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

thetinhouse:

On this day in 1819, Herman Melville was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
theparisreview:

“I won’t even talk to young writers anymore unless they can give me a good reason. I say, ‘I don’t have any time to talk to you unless you intend to give your entire life over to it, because it can’t be done otherwise.’”
In Esquire, Jim Harrison on what he has learned from writing.
Photograph: Michael Friberg.

theparisreview:

“I won’t even talk to young writers anymore unless they can give me a good reason. I say, ‘I don’t have any time to talk to you unless you intend to give your entire life over to it, because it can’t be done otherwise.’”

In Esquire, Jim Harrison on what he has learned from writing.

Photograph: Michael Friberg.

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, JK Rowling, born 31 July 1965
12 JK Rowling Quotes

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, JK Rowling, born 31 July 1965

12 JK Rowling Quotes

Paris Review – How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dan Piepenbring