An old favorite

An old favorite

I’m excited to hear that Joanna Trollope’s re-imagining of Sense and Sensibility is coming to televisionaSpanishLoverolderolderSpanishlover. Her novel A Spanish Lover is one of my favs. In my continued obsession with the evolution of book cover art, check out the original version of the book versus the latest cover I found.

Writing Wisdom from Anne Enright

I love Anne Enright novels.  If you’re not familiar with her work, here’s a  quote from one of her novels I used for the opening of my book The Librarian: “Love is a great punishment for desire.”  Need I say more? Courtesy of UK’s The Guardian, her advice below. For the complete article, visit The Guardian.

Anne Enright’s Rules for Writing Fiction

1 The first 12 years are the worst.

2 The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.

3 Only bad writers think that their work is really good.

4 Description is hard. Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand.

5 Write whatever way you like. Fiction is made of words on a page; reality is made of something else. It doesn’t matter how “real” your story is, or how “made up”: what matters is its necessity.

6 Try to be accurate about stuff.

7 Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you ­finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.

8 You can also do all that with whiskey.

9 Have fun.

10 Remember, if you sit at your desk for 15 or 20 years, every day, not ­counting weekends, it changes you. It just does. It may not improve your temper, but it fixes something else. It makes you more free.