Thoughts On Writing – Susan Sontag [Series Pt 1]

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A Multiple Part Series – Part # 1

“Think With Words—Not Ideas”

by Susan Sontag

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Sunday 26th October 2014

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I have a wider range as a human being than as a writer. (With some writers, it’s the opposite.) Only a fraction of me is available to be turned into art.

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Words have their own firmness. The word on the page may not reveal (may conceal) the flabbiness of the mind that conceived it. All thoughts are upgrades — get more clarity, definition, authority, by being in print — that is, detached from the person who thinks them.
A potential fraud — at least potential — in all writing.

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Writing is a little door. Some fantasies, like big pieces of furniture, won’t come through.

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If only I could feel about sex as I do about writing! That I’m the vehicle, the medium, the instrument of some force beyond myself.

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Science fiction —
Popular mythology for contemporary negative imagination about the impersonal

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A Short Note for the end of each part of this 8 part series.

Susan Sontag [January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004] was an American writer and filmmaker, professor, literary icon, and political activist. Beginning with the publication of her 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’”

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Top Ten Writing Rules from Famous Writers

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Top Ten Writing Rules

from Famous Writers

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Sunday 19th October 2014

 Top Ten Writing Rules from Famous Writers

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Rule # 10

Write a draft.
Then let it rest.

- Stephen King

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Rule # 9

Read a lot.

- Stephen King

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Rule # 8

Never use a long word
when a short one will do.

- George Orwell

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Rule # 7

Never use the passive
when you can use the active instead.

- George Orwell

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Rule # 6

Know your audience.

- Pierre Berton

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Rule # 5

& read the good stuff
before you write.

- Pierre Berton

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Rule # 4

Honour the miraculousness
of the ordinary.

- Andrew Morton

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Rule # 3

Good draft = draft – 10%

- Stephen King

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Rule # 2

Look at every word in a sentence
& decide if they are really needed.
If not – kill them.
Be ruthless.

– Bob Cooper

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Rule # 1

Writing doesn’t love you.
It doesn’t care.
Nevertheless it can behave
with remarkable generosity.
Speak well of it. Encourage others.
Pass it on.

- Al Kennedy

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“Writing is…being fiercely alive”

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 “Writing is…being fiercely alive”

Written by Mary Gaitskill

Post Sunday 5th October 2014

Created by Jennifer Kiley


“Writing Is… Being Fiercely Alive”

“Writing is….
being able
to take
fiercely alive
that exists
inside you
in some
of thought,
and spirit,

and to then
like a genie
in tense,
black symbols
on a
white page.

the wrong
comes across
the words,
they will
just words.

for the right
your vision
off the page
and is
into their
like smoke,
where it will

fully adapted
to its new

― Mary Gaitskill

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Typewriter Song played by Boston Pops

[Reminiscent to the days of the battering the keys & the famous bell at the end. Time to throw the "carriage" back.]

“A Conversation with Ray Bradbury”

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“A Conversation with Ray Bradbury”
Post Thursday 21st August 2014

Marvelous words from the heart & mind of Ray Bradbury. A Dreamer. A Reader. A Thinker.   A Librarian. A Writer.

You Become the Authors Who Write the Books. Listen As You Read. You Become Emily Dickinson. You Become Ernest Hemingway. You Become Shakespeare. How Great Would That Feel.

Get Inside of the Words the Author Chose Particularly For Just This Moment In Time. Quite Often Different For Everyone. Learn About Books.

Reading Can Give You A Great Education.

Bradbury Wrote “Fahrenheit 451″  A Book Every Person Needs To Read.

Be the Book. Be the Words. Be Aware. Be Informed.

Do You Know What Fahrenheit 451 Actually Is? Or What the Book Is About? Great Ending. You Don’t See It Coming.

“You Don’t Know What You Are Because You Are In Love.” A Book Can Make You Feel In Love Or Many Other Different Ways.

Books Are Smart & Brilliant & Wise.

A Must To Listen To. If You Love Imagination & Free Thinking You Will Fall In Love With Ray Bradbury. He Is Deeply Divine.

And In My Judgment – Quite Zen. Ommmmmmmm. – Jennifer Kiley

“A Conversation with Ray Bradbury” by Lawrence Bridges

“I Am One of the Searchers”

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“I Am One of the Searchers”

By James Kavanaugh

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Posted on Sunday 15th June 2014

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sun rays into forest“I Am One of the Searchers”  There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know. Unless it be to share our laughter.

sunrise in the mountainsWe searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide.Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, not prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to have to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

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For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers,

for lonely men and women

who dare to ask from life everything

good and beautiful. It is for those who

are too gentle to live among wolves.

— James Kavanaugh

[There Are Men Too Gentle To Live Among Wolves]

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A Writer’s Diary: Virginia Woolf —Part #4

a writer's diary
Virginia Woolf – Part #4
Excerpts from Virginia Woolf
Created by Jennifer Kiley
Created 25th February 2014
Posted Sunday 23rd March 2014

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Virginia Woolf

A Writer’s Diary
Virginia Woolf – Part #4

January 20th, 1919,
Woolf at 36-years
9 days before
her 37th Birthday

If Virginia Woolf
at the age
of 50,

when she sits down
to build
her memoirs
out of
these books,

is unable
to make
a phrase
as it
should be

I can
only condole
with her

remind her
of the existence
of the fireplace,

where she
has my leave
to burn
these pages

to so
many black
with red eyes
in them.

But how
I envy her
the task

I am
for her!

There is

I should


Virginia Woolf's Monk's House Garden

Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House Garden

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Virginia Woolf

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A Writer’s Diary: Virginia Woolf — Part #1

a writer's diary
Virginia Woolf – Part #1
Excerpts from Virginia Woolf
Created by Jennifer Kiley
Created 8th February 2014
Posted Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Virginia Woolf

A Writer’s Diary
Virginia Woolf – Part #1

in Virginia Woolf’s words,
the major reasons why
it is an essential means
to learn writing
by keeping a writer’s diary.

It exercises your mind,
no censorship,
and someday
you can use
to create
your own

In “The Writer’s Diary,”
Virginia Woolf, herself,
wrote unedited,
free flow,
stream of consciousness
and is
quite intelligent.

In the opening,
some words
from Leonard Woolf,
Virginia Woolf’s husband.

I find
a real
Virginia Woolf.

I feel
as if I can
hear her voice
her words.

The excerpts
will be
an ongoing

Virginia Woolf's Monk's House Garden

Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House Garden

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Virginia Woolf