Wordplay: The last word

So, you just got your new e-mail address & you’re setting up the thingie at the end of each note you send from now on in this lifetime. It’s called an e-mail signature, and it’s your chance to let the people you write know the real you. As you compose it, these tips from Dog House Diaries might be of use…..hope so.

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Wordplay: Ian McEwan’s thoughts on writing about love

Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan

In this video from Aero Gramme Writers’ Studio, Ian McEwan discusses writing about love, in fiction:

“It’s very difficult to do happiness in novels in a sustained way.”

In this video recorded by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art earlier this year, Ian McEwan reflects on making romantic love work in fiction, the amazing evolution of the novel as a genre, and the mature writer as a toddler of old age.

Ian McEwan has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times, winning the prize in 1998 for Amsterdam. His most recent novel, Sweet Tooth, was published in 2012.

Check it out.

Thought: Let it bleed…

Ran into a friend who mentioned she admires Derrick Jensen, and that she has this on a stickie on her computer:

“Writing is really very easy. Tap a vein and bleed onto the page. Everything else is just editing.”
Derrick Jensen

Kinda reminds me of what Arlo Guthrie says:

“Song-writing’s just kinda like catching fish–you sit there and pull them out as they go by – though I think it helps to be upstream from Bob Dylan.”