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Random Page: On the Art of Writing Fiction

by Lindy

Here is a random page from a book titled, On the Art of Writing Fiction By Mrs. Molesworth, Sabine Baring-Gould published in 1894. This page is from a chapter on ‘Style in Fiction’ by W.E. Norris.

This book discovery was made possible by Google Books.

 

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Procrastination

by Lindy

Clipped from the book, The probe, or, One hundred and two essays on the nature of men and things, by Levi Carroll Judson – published 1847. Courtesy of Google Books.


Random Page: Writers Live Twice

by Lindy

Here is an excerpt from Natalie Goldberg’s book, “Writing Down the Bones.”

Writers live twice. They go along with their regular life, are as fast as anyone in the grocery store, crossing the street, getting dressed for work in the morning. But there’s another part of them that they have been training. The one that lives everything a second time. That sits down and sees their life again and goes over it. Looks at the texture and details.

You’re more interested, finally, in living life again in your writing than in making money. Now, let’s understand–writers do like money; artists, contrary to popular belief, do like to eat.  It’s only that money isn’t the driving force.  I feel very rich when I have time to write and very poor when I get a regular paycheck and no time to work at my real work.

Goldberg’s entire book is such a wealth of inspiration for writers. Definitely worth adding to your bookshelf to motivate you to tap into your inner writer.


Random Page: Letters on Life

by Lindy

Here is an excerpt from a random page in Letters on Life by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Why Do I Write?

  1. Because I’m a jerk.
  2. Because I want the boys to be impressed.
  3. So my mother will like me.
  4. So my father will hate me.
  5. No one listens to me when I speak.
  6. So I can start a revolution.
  7. In order to write the great American novel and make a million dollars.
  8. Because I’m neurotic.
  9. Because I’m the reincarnation of William Shakespeare.
  10. Because I have something to say.
  11. Because I have nothing to say.


Random Page: Letters on Life

by Lindy

An inspirational excerpt from Rainer Maria Rilke’s book, Letters on Life, that I stumbled upon today:

What one writes as a very young person is of no significance whatsoever, just as what else one embarks on has almost no significance.  Even the apparently most useless diversions can be a pretext for an inner focusing; one’s nature might even instinctively seize such activities to turn the controlling observation and attention of a curious intellect away from those mental processes that wish to remain unrecognized.  One may do anything; only this corresponds to the full scope of life.  But one ought to be certain that nothing is done out of opposition, to defy obstructing circumstances, while thinking of others, or based on some kind of ambition.  You must be certain that you are acting out of pleasure, strength, courage, or a sheer sense of abandon: that you have to act this way.

Letters on Life (New Prose Translations), by Rainer Maria Rilke


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