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What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby Markbursonn » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:54 am

Hi,

What are your favorite books about writing? Doesn't matter if they are about the craft in general, a specific aspect of writing, inspiration, etc. I'm just in the market to find some new books about writing, especially fiction.

Do you find these sort of books helpful?

Thanks!
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Re: What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby Meno_ » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:23 am

Rlke"s letter to an aspiring poet. not yet but getting there and his stylistic affinity to Salinger.
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Re: What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby Meno_ » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:26 am

And something by Salinger.
Perfect day for Bananafish. is explicit about Rilke"s influence. on Salinger,.
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Re: What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby Fixed Cross » Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:19 pm

There is only one thing you need to know:
write with blood, or don't write at all.
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Re: What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby Meno_ » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:34 pm

As long as it co-agulates in a timely fashion.
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Re: What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby Meno_ » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:25 am

Fixed Cross wrote:There is only one thing you need to know:
write with blood, or don't write at all.



But in all seriousness and brevity aside , Your point well taken -for writing should bring its source alive and only through such life recaptured can honestly be revealed through actual lived experience.
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Re: What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby Meno_ » Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:50 am

Meno_ wrote:
Fixed Cross wrote:There is only one thing you need to know:
write with blood, or don't write at all.


A writer is someone
For whom
Writing is more difficult
Then for other people


Thomas Mann


But in all seriousness and brevity aside , Your point well taken -for writing should bring its source alive and only through such life recaptured can honestly be revealed through actual lived experience.
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Re: What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby Arminius » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:59 pm

Markbursonn wrote:Hi,

What are your favorite books about writing? Doesn't matter if they are about the craft in general, a specific aspect of writing, inspiration, etc. I'm just in the market to find some new books about writing, especially fiction.

Do you find these sort of books helpful?

I find that no sort of books is helpful when it comes to writing, unless you are someone who really needs help for writing. Are you one of them who need writing help?. If you are not on of them, then just start writing and see what happens. Good luck.

Markbursonn wrote:Thanks!

My pleasure. :)
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Re: What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:08 pm

Fixed Cross wrote:There is only one thing you need to know:
write with blood, or don't write at all.


Will all the passion in the world which one could muster help if one does not know the craft or have skills?

What is wrong with learning from those who do know, those who are like gods when it comes to writing and those who have had success with writing?
Would you turn a blind eye to Shakespeare, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Keats, Shelley ad continuum?

When Freddie wrote this...

“Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood. Write with blood, and thou wilt find that blood is spirit...."

Did he mean there that the individual did not need skills nor did he need to learn his craft?
Was passion and spirit alone enough?
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
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Re: What are your favorite books about writing?

Postby unknowing » Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:54 pm

on writing by stephen king
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