I might be going off the rocker with today’s post, but what the heck…let’s try something crazy.
Emojis are everywhere these days. It’s almost like an entire new language you need to interpret. So with that in mind, I thought I’d have a little fun and put together some emojis based on famous novels.
Each set of emojis is based on a famous book’s title OR its plot. Take a look at each one and see if you can guess the titles in the comments! Read more
I’ve always been a proponent of writing in books, even dog-earing pages on occasion. To me, that’s just showing the book a little love.
When I’m finished with a novel, I want the novel to look like I’ve read it. And what better way to do that than writing my thoughts in the margins?
Mortimer Adler wrote a book appropriately called How to Read a Book. Time recently published an excerpt in which Adler explains why you shouldn’t be ashamed to write in your books.
I love this. Read more
This blog post is 133 words.
The average article I write for my day job is around 600 words.
The estimated word count on the book I’m pitching to agents is 50,000 words.
All that to say some of the word counts in the following infographic from Electric Literature blow my mind.
Some examples: Read more
I’ve seen Appointment in Samarra, written by John O’ Hara, compared to The Great Gatsby.
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I consider that extremely high praise–almost impossible-to-meet expectations to put on a novel.
The novel focuses on Julian English, once a member of the social elite in small-town Pennsylvania, and follows his self-destruction.
A few facts about Appointment in Samarra and John O’ Hara: Read more
I’ve been looking forward to reading The Sportswriter since the first time I saw its inclusion on the Time list.
At one point in my life, I thought I might want to be a sportswriter some day, until I realized I’d probably be writing about high school lacrosse and women’s softball the first few years of my career, so I decided against it.
But I do read a lot of sports writing. With newspapers, and even magazines to some degree, dying off, I spend a lot of time reading online blogs and sites like Deadspin, SB Nation, and Outkick the Coverage.
But The Sportswriter is set in the 1980s, during a time when newspapers were the predominant way most of us received our information. The story features Frank Bascombe, a failed-novelist-turned-sportswriter in his late 30s—coming off a recent divorce and still dealing with the death of his son.
If you thought Richard Ford simply wrote a novel about sports, you’re dead wrong.
Bascombe is a likeable, brutally honest guy, and he’s one of the most philosophical, introspective narrators I’ve read in a long time, like this passage in which he’s trying to figure out women. Read more
If The Lord of the Rings novel could be summed up in three words, they would be this: “Onward they traveled.”
As you hopefully know, the novel is the most epic adventure ever written (my description).
As I’ve re-read the novel this time around (I’m currently over halfway through The Two Towers), I’ve really grown to appreciate the immensity of the distances these characters travel. I’ve also grown more respect for Tolkien’s writing skill, as he goes way beyond simply saying “they traveled from The Shire to Mt. Doom.”
The novel has an amazing amount of detail, and it’s easy to get lost in some of that detail. So when it comes to the traveling itself, this GIF created by “SiliconeSoldier” and showcased on Reddit is incredible in illustrating just how long their fictional journey took them.
This GIF shows the entire pacing of the novel with one frame per day represented. Read more
I read through your comments on Tuesday’s post in which I gave you the opening to The Death of the Heart and asked for your thoughts on it.
A few highlights: Read more