Quoting the Quill #30

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“At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.”

– H.P. Lovecraft

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I am a night owl, so this quote instantly resonated with me. I always find myself  Continue reading

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Review 5/5

Overall Impression: Mind implosion? Quite possibly! *Runs out to buy all Stephen King’s books*. I can’t express in words the epic nature of this book!

This was once again recommended to me by my Creative Writing class. In their words: ‘It is not required reading, but it is highly encouraged’. I had already heard of the boOn Writing A Memoir of the Craftok’s reputation so I decided to purchase a copy straight away, and boy am I glad I did! I have never marked so many pages or felt so energised and inspired to write as I did each time I read some of On Writing. I felt like an excited child and that Stephen King was giving me the secret code for how to become a grown up. In attempt to share some of the awesomeness I even got my mum to read a passage, I was sure it was genius incorporated. She read confused wondering what I was going on about. That’s the thing, when you take sections out of context this book might not necessarily seem all that different from any other writing book, but dare to venture inside and you will find all sorts of hidden treasure!

Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s class, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 – and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery.

I think this blurb focuses entirely on the wrong aspects of the book. Yes, it does include details of Stephen King’s life but it is not a book about self reflection and each anecdote makes a relevant point on writing. The book is split into four sections. Continue reading

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White Review 3/5

Overall Impression: This is a tiny little book with a lot of information, but does anyone actually TRY and make these writing books interestingThe Elements of Style by William Strunk JR. and E.B. White as well as informative? Zzz.

This was a book set to me as recommended reading for my minor in creative writing at university. Being a good little student I decided to play along. It’s geared towards both creative and formal essay writing.
Of my own free will I never would have picked up any kind of grammar book even if you paid me. Maybe it’s because I hate the idea of writing as a formula, or perhaps it’s because the idea of writing being filled with rules is horrifying to me as it immediately makes it feel less fun. But I suppose…. *sigh* that it is kind of necessary. Maybe……
Possibly…
I’m also using this as part of the Eclectic Reader Challenge, partly because I need a non-fiction book and partly because it was a reason to push myself to actually read it all, lol. Yep that’s correct, I read the whole yawnsome thing from cover to cover! -_-
I’ve never reviewed anything non-fiction before, but I shall do my best. Wish me luck!

Blurb from Goodreads (as mine doesn’t have a blurb at all):
You know the authors’ names. You recognize the title. You’ve probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book’s unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing.

According to the introduction this book was originally printed by William Strunk Jr. as a little 43 page guide to help his students. E.B White just so happened to be one of those students, and many years later he was asked to revise it. As a big practitioner of the book he accepted, updating it as well as adding a few extra pearls of wisdom and so TA DA, we have The Elements of Style 4th edition. Continue reading

Where do you get your Writing Inspiration?

You can be the best writer on the face of the planet, but if you don’t have anything to write about you’re screwed.
Lets face it, a writers least favourite past time is having a face off with a blinking cursor, but often that’s exactly what we find ourselves doing. (Wait what…? Did I just call myself a writer? I guess I kind of did.. :S Hmm..lets go with extreme amateur writer, that seems a little more accurate.)
There is nothing I find more frustrating than sitting readily at a computer full of proactive excitement ready to write the best prose in history and then stopping short, because hey there’s just one problem. I have no story.

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Perhaps I should backtrack a little. You see, what prompted this spur of the moment post is my Creative Writing class. For my first semester I had to write a 2,000 word short story. I was stuck. Desperately searching in to the depths of my brain I wondered where all my childhood imagination had run off to. I used to have endless ideas zooming around up there but after years and years of not writing anything fiction at all, I felt pretty rusty.  Continue reading

Good Things Always Come In Threes.

You know the saying right? Good things always come in three’s. Only for me it’s not just a saying, it genuinely seems to happen, and the same also goes for bad events. For example, a couple of years ago, we had a power cut at school, then the next day our pipe sprung a leak, and then we had another power cut at home. I’m sure you’ve all encountered this weird rule of three right? I can think of so many other examples, three electrical products breaking all at once, (in my case, the washing machine, the kettle, and my straightners) or three good events happening in succession. It’s strange right? Even when writing, when we want to validate a point we often use alliteration or repeat the word three times. Heck, there’s even a Rule of Three in writing – A principle in writing that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things.

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