An eclection of insights into the nature of writing and being a writer. 

Missing homework

Missing homework

Here Steinbeck suffers a bout of exam nerves before being bombarded with highly intellectual questions from his counterparts in the Soviet Union, particularly regarding 'American writing', which for some reason they expected him to know something about. As he says, if...

Four years old today!

Four years old today!

Today is Shakespeare's birthday & ours! The WritingRedux literary ink-fest is 4 years old with 2000+ dazzling illustrated quotes, reviews and other bright writing delights. Sign up for regular mind-feast despatches to hone your wits and lift your...

My publisher, falsely so called…

My publisher, falsely so called…

Listening time: under 3 minutes.I loved this drawn out account of Thoreau's dealings with a publisher wanting to clear out his cellar of Thoreau's unsold books, which Thoreau had in any case had to pay for.  So he gets them sent to his house, schleps them up several...

Focus your light

Focus your light

Wise guidance for writers. I like the way George Eliot calls herself to order and her self-reminder to focus, focus, focus resonates. A perennial weakness is being yanked in two directions - the desire to concentrate light on a particular web on the one hand, and on...

All good publishers have a department of exceptions.

Gabriel Zaid – So Many Books

Safe rendering

The Russian author Vasily Grossman here resists editorial efforts to render the first of his Stalingrad novels, For a Just...

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