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john-robert-johnson's picture
Some time around 2003, for reasons that I don’t quite understand myself, I decided that it would be a good idea to start writing in Italian. Not because I fancied myself as a Nabokov or Conrad de nos jours. No, I just thought that it would be easier for me to get noticed and perhaps exploit a few...
cliff-burns's picture
Are you a writer...or a wannabe? Do you have the fortitude to sit down, day after day, and do battle with your inner demons and insecurities, the voices that taunt you and sneer at your pitiful efforts? Do you have the courage to be an author who works "in defiance of all the world's muteness" (...
edie-meidav's picture
Writer Thaisa Frank invited me to participate in a series, The Next Big Thing, regarding what work one is doing. Here, posted, are my answers to the questions sent my way.   ----- Nabokov says that writers who share unfinished work are like dogs begging for scraps at the table. That said, to...
robert-earle's picture
Fortunately Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, Despair, is short.  This has two advantages. First, it doesn’t take long to get to the end.  Second, it doesn’t take long to get to the middle, which is when the novel comes together and becomes fun. This is a book about doubles, the chief double...
pavel-somov's picture
"The mechanism of their acquaintance was ideally banal"*: a mind met a book. Just that.     *Transparent Things, Nabokov
surya-kalsi's picture
The Effect of Tropes in Nabokov’s “Spring in Fialta” and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Both Vladimir Nabokov’s and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories are troves of figurative language.  In the opening paragraphs of “Spring in Fialta,” Nabokov writes, “The sea, its salt drowned in a solution of...
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On Writing Well, by William Zinsser – 30th Anniversary Edition   I had one “go-by” book to help me when I started writing: Techniques of Fiction Writing: Measure and Madness, by Leon Surmelian. I gleaned what I could from it, took copious notes, performed various exercises with the information...
lauren-john's picture
 One of the best parts of my job as a librarian at San Francisco's favorite women's club, is the opportunity to coordinate monthly literary discussions led by writers, academics, and historians.   Not every great writer is a great book group leader and there are some academics who should never...
farzana-versey's picture
Look anywhere. There are ‘special’ people, a few being touted as prodigies only because they can do some stand-up comic act – “Boss, what a genius”. What surprises me is that the term genius is used so carelessly. We live in a world where research is developing a thinking cap that will unlock the...
henriette-lazaridis-power's picture
For a few years now, I’ve had a running disagreement with my writer friend Randy Susan Meyers.* I’ve learned a great deal from her: the importance of adding misery to your characters’ lives, the need to keep the plot moving through a series of “little wants”. But I confess to mostly ignoring Randy’...