How do you know when you are finished?
John McPhee, a long-time contributor to The New Yorker, has written over 80 pieces for the magazine. He teaches writing a Princeton and is the author of twenty-eight books. Coming Into the Country was nominated for the National Book Award in 1977.
He writes in this article for The New Yorker, "Beyond the Picnic-Table Crisis" about endings. "People often ask how I know when I’m done—not just when I’ve come to the end, but in all the drafts and revisions and substitutions of one word for another how do I know there is no more to do? When am I done? I just know. I’m lucky that way. What I know is that I can’t do any better; someone else might do better, but that’s all I can do; so I call it done."
I just saw the critically acclaimed "Life of Pi" directed by Ang Lee. I don't usually enjoy books that become movies but this is an exception. Here is a short interview with Ang Lee about creating Life of Pi and his creative process. The Guardian has a Q&A session with Ang Lee that provides insight about God in this film.
Dear Book Lovers,
Did you read it to the end? Can you guess which books these are from?
No. I wasn't too hard on myself for all those years that had passed without my saying Tinker's name. But on the following morning, I woke with it on my lips. And so I have on so many mornings since.
Seeing the photograph of Delilah, working so diligently, as I had dreamed I might, filled me with great happiness. I used to close my eyes and picture Robert showing it to me, saying, I thought of you when I got it because you always loved desks Now I am at peace. I imagine Delilah writing at the desk, perhaps stopping for a moment, to give us both a good thought.
I'm young and happy. I'll never die. I'm skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later, I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy's life with a story
Check here for the answers. These are hard and I did read the books to the end. How did you do?
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My ending is quite dismal. Let me know how you did.
Thank you Chris Brogan for your post on Google+. Brogan gives his tips on writing along with a post from Brain Pickings titled "The Daily Routines of Famous Writers." If you love interestingness, you need to check out Maria Popova's blog, Brain Pickings regularly.
Goofing Off While the Muse Recharges by Richard Ford
Richard Ford believes in taking writing breaks. He never thought of himself as a man driven to write. "I simply choose to do it, often when I can't be persuaded to do anything else; or when a dank feeling of uselessness comes over me, and I'm at a loss and have some time on my hands, such as when the World Series is over."
"In these 30 years I have made a strict point to take lavish periods away from writing, so much time that my writing life sometimes seems to involve not writing more than writing, a fact I warmly approve of."
From the New York Times Writers on Writing column
My own personal writing tip is to write and refine, write and refine... What's yours?
Roxanna Badin of the Los Angeles Review of Books, writes Rowling Keeps It Real: On "The Casual Vacancy." is the most interesting review I have read for The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Her description of the myth of J.K. Rowling is worth the reading alone. She writes:
"Rowling’s real life story is neither as romantic nor as tragic as has been portrayed in the media, but that’s not the point. The myth tells us something important, if off-putting, about ourselves: we want the creative process of the down-at-heel single mother to be a fecund miracle, in the same way we want all rags-to-riches stories to involve a firm but romantic pulling-up of bootstraps."
An Evening with Patti Smith on May 5, 2013, 7:00 pm at the Contemporary Art Museum.
Tickets are $30 each and capacity is limited to 300.
CAM member pre-sale begins Wednesday, March 6, at 10:00 AM.
General sale begins Friday, March 8, at 10:00 AM.
Steve Giegerich of the Post Dispatch reviews Richard Ford's best selling novel, Canada in his article for STLToday titled "Whether luck or talent, Richard Ford hasn't lost it."
I enjoyed the personal glimpse into Ford's life in St. Louis. He writes about Ford's time in St. Louis as a child going to Cardinals games as a guest of Gussie Busch. Then later as an adult when he attended Washington University School of Law.
I'm an expert amateur or maybe an amateur expert.