On Daydreaming: A Writer’s Perspective

Kobo Writing Life

By Shayna Krishnasamy

Remember when you used to be scolded for daydreaming? Dreaming rather than paying attention in class was a real no-no in my elementary school. Daydreaming the afternoon away was also frowned upon when there were chores or homework to be done. To this day, being labelled a “daydreamer” is similar to being called “special”—not exactly a compliment. We’re taught to view this activity as lazy and a waste of time, something with little value. “Stop daydreaming and help me bring in these groceries,” your spouse/roommate/parent might say, and you jump up and comply, duly chastened, fully complicit in this vast conspiracy that daydreaming is of no importance.

Well, I’m here to tell you that everything you’ve ever been told about daydreaming is a total LIE.

DaydreaminDaydreaming_(1)g is essential to being a writer. If there weren’t authors the world over walking around bumping into things because their…

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Penguin Schtick

April Fools I pray!

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Penguins calls this a ground-breaking re-packing of classics grammatically updated for the new generation. It doesn’t make sense to me.

“For the first time, iconic books such as Albert Camus’s The Stranger, Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment will remove all the instances of full stops in the original text, and replace them with exclamation marks.”

How would the generosity with exclamation marks reach a wider audience?

“By using exclamation marks over and over again, the reader is reminded of the urgency of the story at the end of every sentence. It’s a great way of preventing potentially inattentive readers from tuning out, putting the book down and wandering off, without altering the original text too much.”

I just don’t see the reasoning.
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April Fools’?

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Edith Wharton: Seven Facts Outside Fiction

Interesting Literature

By Viola van de Sandt

Edith Wharton’s most famous novels – among them The House of Mirth (1905), Ethan Frome (1911), and The Age of Innocence (1920) – have earned her a steadfast place within the modern-day canon of American literature. Yet some of the most interesting and provocative instances of her writing are also to be found in her letters, notes, and memoirs.

1. Wharton noted down every witty statement that came to her mind in a book of epigrams, some of which eventually found their way into her novels or short stories. Among them are classic quotes such as ‘For always getting what she wants in the long run, commend me to a nasty woman,’ and ‘Mr and Mrs Wetherall’s circle was so large that God was included in their visiting-list.’

2. The House of Mirth caused a huge scandal at the time of its serial publication between…

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Gotta love Betsy Lerner. Her blog The Forest For the Trees gives advice for new writers on publishing, writers block, and fear of rejection. Her blog is a continuation of those lessons. It’s candid, sassy, and funny. If you don’t already subscribe to it, I highly recommend you do. I’m going to respond to her final question “The writers life. How would you describe it?” Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self came and gave a talk on her life as a young writer at College of the Holy Cross, my home university. She said that writers operate between two states: extreme egotism and crushing self loathing. To be a writer you have to think your words are worth something. Otherwise why would you even bother recording them on paper? You think your better than everyone else, that your special, a deeper thinker, a better writer. Behind all this ego is a lurking suspicion that everything you’ve done is a fluke, that you really can’t write worth a damn and that your readers have been fooled. Your a genius and a fraud, a prodigy and slob who just got lucky. That fear that you actually are worthless is enough to keep you learning, to make you improve. To write in the first place you have to have an ego. To become a good writer, you have to simultaneously nurture self-esteem issues. Without them, you’ll just remain the good writer’s greatest fear, bad writing.

By the way, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Betsy Lerner

There is a reason they don’t let me out much. What was it? The beauty of the buildings, slate the color of pigeons, the girl with striped tights, purple water bottle swinging astride.  I sat alone in a church and listened to an organist sigh between pieces.I dined with bright minds and tried a new food. I bought a notebook that always spells hope. Flimsy, gorgeous new ideas that blossom and die in a moment. I am at Kenyon College and tomorrow I will talk about the writer’s life. You know that lonely clacking train, that aggravated assault, that self mutilation, that particular hope, that elegant insistence, that awkward moment, that drone in your head, that never ending conversation.

The writer’s life. How would you describe it?

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