There are three catalysts for good writing. The first is insomnia, through the hazy veil of which words come pouring onto the paper, senseless. The second is depression, words inked in blood ad tears. The third, of course, is love. Love brings all art forms to life.
Writing is such a complicated thing, we get an idea in our minds, we’re like “YES THIS IS THE BEST!” then well, we sit at a computer and it’s like every thought in our heads have just vanished.
We spend hours writing ideas one year, one month, one week, and it only has to be a week, a month, a year later, and we just can’t do it anymore. It’s like all the creativeness has just left, we’re just an empty shell.
On this day in 1841, Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” first appears in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. The tale is generally considered to be the first detective story.
“In investigations such as we are now pursuing, it should not be so much asked ‘what has occurred,’ as ‘what has occurred that has never occurred before.’”
—private detective M. Auguste Dupin from “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
I have seen this list of 21 women authors you “should be reading,” passed around. I have thoughts about the composition of the list, though I am thrilled to see Elliott Holt named because I loved her debut novel last year.
No two lists will ever be the same…
In need of a Monday pick-me-up? Take 10 minutes and watch Rachel Fershleiser’s TEDx talk, “Why I heart the Bookternet" and I guarantee you’ll be full of optimism and sunshine.
1. That dress, those tights.
2. How can I achieve this level of public speaking excellence?
Aw thanks! Please, Pollyanna out with me on the great stuff authors, bookstores, and publishers are doing to embrace internet communities.
The brilliant and beautiful Rachel Fershleiser on why the bookternet is rad. Yes to all of these things.
Thanks to Councilman Donovan Richards, Assemblywoman Michele Titus, Senator James Sanders, Jr., Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s Chief of Staff Angelica Katz, Councilman Costa Constantinides, and the Turkish Cultural Center for making the reopening of Arverne Library a success!
"It’s also very amusing to watch the contortions of literary critics faced with talented writers like the late lamented Iain Banks and Joanne Harris, who are equally adept in literary and speculative fiction and refuse to apologise for or justify what they write. And if the definitive characteristic of literary fiction is sublime prose, then at his peak Terry Pratchett is surely the finest prose stylist writing today. So this is where we get terms like counter-factual and magical realism, to save reviewers from sullying their copy with words like SF and fantasy."
I so wish I had had this essay to hand to that creative writing professor in college who looked at me and said, “Why are you wasting your talent on fantasy?”