01/22/2013

Creativity and Writing, 1/2013

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou

1.) "13 Famous Writers on Writer's Block" by Emily Temple: Click here to read: " The philosophy behind NaNoWriMo is pretty simple: get the words — 50,000 of them, to be exact — on the page. But what if you experience that dreaded writer’s block while you’re chipping away at your “Great Frantic Novel”? Never fear, you’re not alone. After the jump, take comfort in the words of thirteen famous writers who’ve been there, done that — and add your own words of encouragement in the comments!"

2.) “A Debut Novel by a 64 Year Old Author: Great Literary Late Bloomers” by Emily Temple: Click here to read:  "It seems like the literary world is forever in awe of the young writers, the wunderkinds, the 20 under 40, the five under 35, the 30 under 30. It makes sense, of course—there's something extra impressive about pulling off a great feat, literary or otherwise, when you're young."

3.) “Joy Williams on Why Writers Write” by Maria Popova: Click here to read: "Why do writers write? Some of literary history’s most famous and timeless answers have come from George Orwell, Joan Didion, Susan Sontag, and Charles Bukowski. In her beautiful essay“Uncanny Singing That Comes from Certain Husks,” published in the 1998 anthology Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (public library), Joy Williams considers the impetus for writing with equal parts insight, irreverence, and that blend of anguishing ambivalence and convulsive conviction so characteristic of the writer’s mind."

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