The cost of education… (at Washington Square Park)
- Sometimes it feels great and turns out terrible.
- Sometimes it feels terrible and turns out great.
- Feeling inspired is not necessarily a requirement for getting that shit done.
- But it’s a nice feeling to have when you’re getting that shit done.
- It’s good to turn writing into a discipline.
- So it feels slightly more bad when you stop writing than when you are.
- Because sometimes it’s going to feel really bad.
- Because writing is hard.
- (But it also feels good and is worth it, or you wouldn’t be doing it, I hope.)
- Revision is often harder. So relax!
- It never has to be perfect the first time.
- It never has to be perfect the first time.
- Or even the second or third. Or sixth.
- Powering through rough days should make you feel capable and proud.
- But the days you can’t don’t make you a failure.
- One word typed is always one more than you had.
- So don’t feel bad if it’s the only word you wrote today.
- No word is truly wasted.
- You likely learned something from sentences deleted and shelved.
- You might not know what yet, but you’ll find out.
- Stop comparing yourself to other writers.
- Seriously, stop comparing yourself to other writers.
- Some people write fast. Some people, not so much.
- Some people outline. Some don’t.
- Some people write in order. Some don’t.
- Some people revise as they go. Some don’t.
- It’s just their writing process.
- And your writing process is yours.
- You don’t have to justify how you make words to anyone.
- All you need to do is make words.
- Make words.
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If I’d had children and had a girl, the first words I would have taught her would have been “fuck off” because we weren’t brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we? And it’s quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, “No, fuck off, leave me alone, thank you very much. —
Dame Helen Mirren (x)
And with that, Dame Helen Mirren becomes my fairy godmother.
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A keep-forever: Jeffrey Eugenides tells me why he can’t send me a story for the lit mag. He’s talking about MIDDLESEX! #fanforever
If there were a Mount Rushmore of 20th-century authors, Doris Lessing would most certainly be carved upon it. Like Adrienne Rich, she was pivotal, situated at the moment when the gates of the gender disparity castle were giving way, and women were faced with increased freedoms and choices, as well as increased challenges.
She was political in the most basic sense, recognizing the manifestations of power in its many forms. She was spiritual as well, exploring the limits and pitfalls that came with being human, especially after she became an adherent of Sufism. As a writer she was inventive and brave…
As we age, we face a choice of caricatures; for women writers vis à vis younger ones, it’s Cruella De Vil versus Glinda the Good. I encountered my share of Cruellas along the way, but Doris Lessing was one of the Glindas. In that respect, she was an estimable model. And she was a model also for every writer coming from the back of beyond, demonstrating – as she so signally did – that you can be a nobody from nowhere, but, with talent, courage, perseverance through hard times, and a dollop of luck, you can scale the topmost storyheights. — Margaret Atwood's beautiful tribute to Doris Lessing. Also see Atwood on literature’s “women-problem” and a Literary Jukebox tribute to Lessing. (via explore-blog)
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Curb your ego.
Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible. — Nobel laureate novelist Doris Lessing, who died today (11/17/13) at the age of 94 (via amaditalks)
We make a lot of young adult book lists at STACKED, and I know how useful they are for collection development and reader’s advisory purposes. They’re useful enough for me when I write them or read the ones Kimberly’s written. So I thought I’d make a list of some of our book lists, for those who are interested in digging deep into the various genres and themes within YA fiction.
I’ll add to this periodically as we update our book lists so that finding them all in one place is easy, useful, and convenient.
Get Genrefied Series
All of these lists focus on specific genres or subgenres within YA fiction. They each talk about the defining characteristics of the genre (or format!), followed by a big book list, and other websites and blogs to explore that delve even further into the specified genre.
- Graphic Novels
- Historical fiction
- Verse Novels
- Mysteries and Thrillers
- High Fantasy
- Science Fiction
Other Thematic Book Lists
We’re fans of book lists, period, and we’ve made a number of thematic and trend-style book lists.
Contemporary Realistic Fiction:
- Stories featuring dynamic or interesting families
- Mental Illness
- Multiple Points of View or Alternative Formats
- Diverse and Multicultural Stories
- Memorable Settings
- Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll: Edgy Stuff
- Grief and Loss
- Series Books
Other YA Book Lists:
- Horror (from School Library Journal)
- Teens in Witness Protection Programs
- Microtrends in YA Fiction: Reality TV, Missing Mothers, Kleptomaniacs, and More
- Ampersand Titles
- Set in the Summer Between the End of High School and Start of College
- Co-written YA Books
- Microtrend: Amnesia
- Secret Historical Societies of Teen Girls
- Complicated/”Unlikable” Female Characters
- Sex, Sexual Assault, and Rape: Discussion Guide and Reading List
- A Little Heart on the Cover
- Titles By Number
- Books That Happen in a Single Day — or Less
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