This is what may happen as you research to write: I had not examined it before and was looking through the book seeking some more background that might be of use for my own new manuscript. I got drawn in…
As readers, true, we all want to get to “the good parts.” Yet all parts should be, in their ways, “good parts.”
I believe we seek in the past not only what happened then, but are looking for answers to dilemmas of our present: How did they handle similar problems?
Recently I turned down an interview request from a US podcaster because I felt that I could not do full justice to her suggested main subject. I didn’t think it would be fair talking with her merely for the sake of just talking – even if doing that might in some ways perhaps have been usefully self-promotional.
“Fiction” is almost never entirely “fictitious.” As my uncle once told me: “Fiction comes from fact, and lots of fact makes great fiction when you re-write it as fiction.” (I want that in my obituary. 😉 )
If history never stands still, neither does how we remember it…
Georgian English writers, and their American counterparts, loved to use elongated, and complicated, often windy, paragraphs, and had a habit, of employing commas, all over the place.
Theodore Roosevelt once wrote that if someone is “not familiar with the Bible, he has suffered a loss.” For an author, that is doubly true.
Macmillan, British Prime Minister from 1957-1963, once remarked that he felt he had to contend with two types of “anti-Britishness” among Americans, and especially among US officials…
Seeing that post from her made me smile.
But there are always idiots out there, of course. Minutes after the defeat, I got a Twitter reminder.
My guess is I have a modest flow of new novel readers only because as I have kept writing books I have also made sure I have regularly posted on my blog here: the two go hand in hand.
Cricket and baseball may have evolved from the same source(s), but they are now distinctive games and are in fact national cultural emblems of sorts.
Am I just ridiculously sentimental? That’s probably why I’ve become a writer. I suppose we all are sentimental in some form or another.
He thought reading reviews is usually unhelpful to a writer. Bad reviews are likely to discourage you without actually providing much help for future writing; on the other hand reading good ones might go to your head and bring on a sense of complacency.