“Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like weather.” – John Gardner, The Art of Fiction
Christopher Lee has died.
Dracula, Saruman, Count Dooku — Lee made supervilliany cool. Here’s to a long, productive life.
“The ancient rhythms of the earth have insinuated themselves into the rhythms of the human heart. The earth is not outside us; it is within: the clay from where the tree of the body grows.” ― John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, all guaranteed to make you a literary superstar. Compiled by robert.
Cindy Harris – 8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript
Jonathan Ball, PhD – Don’t Attribute Dialogue
Alice Osborn – 6 Steps for Getting Your Memoir Done (good advice for all writing projects)
Jack Ronald Cotner – Kill Your Darlings!
Jennifer Brady – It Takes a Village to Raise an Ebook
Nihar Pradhan – What Is Writing?
Roggen Wulf – Writing About Writer’s Block
Moldy Daisy – Geography Now!
But not for long! In June, the United States Postal Service will get its Southern Gothic on when it releases its beautiful Flannery O’Connor stamp.
Said the copywriter who wrote this for the Beverly Hills Hotel home page:
“Many of our bungalows have interesting histories as well: Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned with six of her eight husbands, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, among others, enjoyed them as well.”
Unclear pronoun reference, improper punctuation, confusing repetition — it’s almost everything you could ask for in bad writing.
“As a literary form, then, the uncanny tale can be a means for expressing truths enchantingly. Many are drawn to this literary genre as it affirms what most of us know, and that is the truth that our senses are not capable of apprehending all that was, is, or will be. While the ‘scientists’ or ‘materialists’ will not acknowledge it, ‘nature’ is something more than mere fleshly sensation, and that something may lie above human nature, and something below it—why, the divine and the diabolical rise up again in serious literature.” Russell Kirk on ghost stories