Month: February 2011

Ending Virginia Woolf

This writing thing is an interesting process–learning to do it, learning to do it better, figuring out what to say. A lot of times it takes hearing the same thing from dozens of sources before it sinks in, before the learning writer internalizes the… Continue Reading “Ending Virginia Woolf”

Writers, Virginia Woolf, and Suicide

We can’t talk about Woolf without talking about her final act in the world: leaving it. Here’s what happened: In March 1941, with WWII having gone on for two years for England, she went to a river about three or four miles from her… Continue Reading “Writers, Virginia Woolf, and Suicide”

Happy Birthday to Bronwen!

Yes, the littlest one is three years old today! And I feel old. P.S. Apologies to those of you who visited during my technical difficulties. We’ll be talking Writing, Virginia Woolf, and Suicide tomorrow, not today.

Believing the "Truth" of Your Own Words: The Enemy of Revision

“I love tremendous and sonorous words. But his words are too hearty to be true. Yet he is by this time convinced of their truth.” ~V.W. The Waves; the character of Bernard describing the Headmaster and his speeches Have you ever found yourself, whether… Continue Reading “Believing the "Truth" of Your Own Words: The Enemy of Revision”

Sketching

I was tromping through my library, knowing that I had found everything of Virginia Woolf’s that they could offer–when lo! There: a teeny-tiny book in the literary crticism section that had Woolf’s name on the spine. Immediately I grabbed it. It’s called Carlyle’s House.… Continue Reading “Sketching”

Give Me the Deets

“He unfastens his sock suspenders (let us be trivial, let us be intimate). Then with a characteristic gesture (it is difficult to avoid these ready-made phrases, and they are, in his case, somehow appropriate)….” ~V.W.–the character Bernard, describing the Headmaster in The WavesThis passage… Continue Reading “Give Me the Deets”

The Transition Between Periods

In her exploration of Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf made this observation: “Let us take Persuasion, the last completed novel, and look by its light at the books she might have written had she lived. There is a peculiar beauty and a peculiar dullness in… Continue Reading “The Transition Between Periods”

Criticism and the Writer

Let’s face it: Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, has taken some serious knocks from other writers. Yes, some of those writers may be jealous of Meyer’s success. Some of those writers may legitimately think that Meyer is successful beyond reason for no… Continue Reading “Criticism and the Writer”

Love Letters: Inner Critic Trickery

A buddy of mine was recently having issues with the Inner Critic. The beast has hunted writers throughout history. I’ve heard various bits of advice in handling this creature–writing letters to the Critic (Heckler, as my friend Deb calls him/her), writing fast (outpace him/her),… Continue Reading “Love Letters: Inner Critic Trickery”

Recurring Themes and You

We like to think that we’re saying something unique and original Every Single Time We Write…or at least, I do. Such is not always the case. Our lives are limited to, well, our lives. Our passions are limited to (you guessed it) our passions.… Continue Reading “Recurring Themes and You”

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