Trends that carry through include personal rules for times of day and locations for writing as well as a strict adherence with occasional opportunities to bend the rules to regular routines.
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You can also follow Maria Popova on twitter at brainpicker If you want to read more on Updike you can read an excellent interview with him the from phenomenal Paris Review here. In the interview at Martha's Vineyard the interviewer asked him among many questions why he writes so much literary criticism.
My rules, drawn up inwardly when l embarked on this craft, and shaped intaglio- fashion by youthful traumas at the receiving end of critical opinion, were and are: Try to understand what the author wished to do, and do not blame him for not achieving what he did not attempt.
Confirm your description of the book with quotation from the book, if only phrase-long, rather than proceeding by fuzzy precis.
Go easy on plot summary, and do not give away the ending. Most ironically, the only readers who approach a book as the author intends, unpolluted by pre-knowledge of the plot, are the detested reviewers themselves. And then, years later, the blessed fool who picks the volume at random from a library shelf.
Try to understand the failure. To these concrete five might be added a vaguer sixth, having to do with maintaining a chemical purity in the reaction between product and appraiser. Do not accept for review a book you are predisposed to dislike, or committed by friendship to like. Do not imagine yourself a caretaker of any tradition, an enforcer of any party standards, a warrior in an idealogical battle, a corrections officer of any kind.
Review the book, not the reputation. Submit to whatever spell, weak or strong, is being cast. Better to praise and share than blame and ban. The communion between reviewer and his public is based upon the presumption of certain possible joys in reading, and all our discriminations should curve toward that end.Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll: How the Beloved Author’s Rules of Letter-Writing Can Make Email More Civil | Brain Pickings - Career Guidance Dublin | We dedicate our work to .
Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers Find this Pin and more on Brain pickings by Maureen Albright. Welcome to naija kul: 7 Biggest brain damaging habits. A bite-sized companion to Brain Pickings by Maria Popova.
Twitter: @explorer. They are books for all of us and for all time. Here are seven such books.” Magnificent advice on writing and the loneliness of creative work from the woman who catalyzed . Maria Popova is a cultural curator and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UK, The Atlantic and Design Observer, and is the founder and editor in chief of Brain Pickings (which offers a .
From Brain Pickings: “In both writing and sleeping,” Stephen King observed in his excellent meditation on the art of “creative sleep” and wakeful dreaming, “we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”.
Ernest Hemingway on Writing “When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe.