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Famous writers, writing… William Golding

Sometimes I fear that I have missed my chance, that now in my fifties I am too old to be published. And then I remember William Golding who said: “It wasn’t until I was 37 that I grasped the great truth that you’ve got to write your own books and nobody else’s, and then everything followed from there.” I know that I am now better prepared to write novels – with experience of life, of love, of death, of freedom – than I ever was in my twenties. I want to write what I want to write about. Read the opening paragraph of Lord of the Flies. ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding [UK: Penguin Classics] Buy now See these other famous people, reading & writing:- Agatha Christie Joseph Conrad Benedict Cumberbatch And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Famous writers, writing… #author William Golding via @SandraDanby
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Categories: Book Love and On Writing.

Famous writers, writing: Steinbeck

The question I get asked most often, when meeting someone for the first time, is ‘where do you get your ideas from?’ I know my answer is disappointing. I don’t know where my ideas come from, I just get them, they fly into my head. I do stuff to help: I stimulate my imagination by reading, writing, I go to the theatre, to museums, I go for walks, I watch documentaries, I listen and observe. And I think. I agree with John Steinbeck [below]. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”   ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck [UK: Penguin] See these other famous people, reading & writing:- John Updike George Orwell Iris Murdoch And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Famous writers, writing… #author John Steinbeck via @SandraDanby SaveSave
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Categories: On Writing.

‘Ignoring Gravity’… who is Rose?

ROSE HALDANE “There were hundreds of varieties of rose and some days Rose certainly didn’t feel like she merited the association, though she preferred the name to Rosemary. “I’m a flower, not a herb,” had been her standard retort as a child. Sam called her every derivative, every bastardisation, including Roz, Rosa and once even Rosalind, Shakespeare’s heroine. This insulted Rose the most, she preferred Beatrice’s wit. ‘Rosalind’, she’d written in a sixth form essay, ‘was rather wet.’ Her teacher had scrawled across the bottom in green ink: Subjective. Prove it. Facts not assumption.” Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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Categories: My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity'.

Book Review: The Quarry

I started reading this book with my emotions running high, knowing Iain Banks had completed it so near to death. But I determined to be fair, not to like it just because he died. But I did like it. A lot. The story is full of imagery: the quarry, the actual hole in the ground is the unknown faced by the two key characters: Guy, who is facing death; and his son Kit, who faces life without his father. Both stand on the edge of emptiness. Kit is the key narrator. Described as ‘a bit odd’ and ‘socially disabled’, I liked him straight away. As often with a young narrator, the author puts words of wisdom into the words of an innocent. Perhaps Kit has more self-awareness than his elders. He is certainly an innocent who is learning quickly. The action takes place over one weekend, the limited timespan and setting in the house and edge of quarry give it the feeling of a stage play at times. A group of friends gathers at Guy’s house, to spend time with him as he dies. But there is always a feeling that the adults want something from Kit, that no-one is being
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Categories: Book Love.