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Writers

A 21 post collection


Don't wait. Writers are the only artists I know of who expect to get somewhere by waiting. Everyone knows you have to dance to be a dancer,...

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Don’t wait. Writers are the only artists I know of who expect to get somewhere by waiting. Everyone knows you have to dance to be a dancer, you have to sing to be a singer, you have to act to be an actor, but far too many people seem to believe that you. don’t have to write to be a writer. So, instead of writing, they wait. Isaac Asimov said it beautifully in just six words: “It’s the writing that teaches you.” Writing is what teaches you. Writing is what leads to “inspiration.” Writing is what generates ideas. Nothing else-and nothing less. Don’t meditate, don’t do yoga, don’t do drugs. Just write.

DANIEL QUINN (via booksandpublishing)

REBLOGGING TIMES TEN!

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Just Asking: Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey - The Washington Post

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Just Asking: Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey - The Washington Post

Natasha Trethewey was once a creative writing teacher at Auburn University. I took a class from her, my only undergrad poetry writing class. I'm not a terrible fiction writer, but I am likely one of the worst poets. She was a patient teacher and very much lived out this quote in our class:

Well, I've written bad poems myself, so I'm sympathetic. There are those of us for whom it is necessary to write poetry. And if you are dedicated to that and willing to work very hard, your poems will get better. I have to believe that.

davepress: explore-blog: Famous writers' sleep habits vs. literary productivity, visualized - see the full graphic, a labor of love months...

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davepress:

explore-blog:

Famous writers’ sleep habits vs. literary productivity, visualized – see the full graphic, a labor of love months in the making, here.

The other morning I woke up at 4:30am and started thinking about sleeping patterns, especially mine, because when I wake up that early it’s because I haven’t written sufficiently the night before. I know that I work best first thing in the morning, without the weights of the day’s ever growing to-do list to get to. To go home and write after a long day is not nearly as productive when I’m exhausted and just want to be lazy and sit down and read. Though if I write in reading daybook document on my computer, I find I can do that. So this poster is really interesting to me, and it seems like I sit between Kurt Vonnegut’s hours and Susan Sontag’s. 


Likewise, I write early and read late.

JK Rowling Holds a Mirror Up to Publishing

 •  Filed under Fiction, Writing, Publishing, Writers, Authors, Stories, Author

JK Rowling Holds a Mirror Up to Publishing

I particularly like this quote from this piece on the changes in publishing:

What we lost when we lost bookstores was the concentrated power of the bookseller to promote works of particular merit--personal recommendations drove sales.

The author goes on to note how this affects literary fiction more than other forms, which I agree with. This, too, will change in time. Especially as sites like Storybird (which I work on, full disclosure) find ways to bridge the gap between accessible and art.