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astronomy  education  research  writer  weblog-group  outreach 
february 2014 by tsuomela
Steven Pressfield Online
Author of "Gates of Fire" and "The War of Art"
author  writing  writer  fiction  art  inspiration  passion 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Putting It On The Line, Putting Her Money Where Her Mouth Is—and Speaking Up/Out | | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts
I began to develop an answer when listening to Atwood’s CBC Massey Lectures (now gathered together in Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth). I was struck by a comment she made about why writers write.

Why do writers write?
Because writers see how the story ends.

Writers then, if we stick with this thought, see lots of “ends” and jot them down, perhaps in the vain hope we readers will learn to see ends too and not plummet to our deaths, metaphorical and real.
writer  writing  fiction  sf  genre  future 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Roald Dahl—the Storyteller As Benevolent Sadist -- New York Magazine
..Dahl’s adult fiction is fun but often formulaic. It sets up a premise, coldly follows the implied narrative logic, and nearly always ends with a twist. (OMG: The wife is missing her fingers!) There are no accidents or messiness or flights of inspiration.

Dahl’s kids’ stories, on the other hand, are full of characters who transcend narrative logic, e.g., the caterpillar in James and the Giant Peach, a loudmouth who’s always breaking into rude songs and forcing James to help him put on or take off his 42 boots. He does this not because it furthers the story, one senses, but because it’s funny, and because it’s exactly how this particular creature would act if he found himself flying around on a house-size piece of fruit. The keynote of Dahl’s children’s books is delight in wild invention—and delight, too, in the way that invention manages to braid the two opposed strands of his personality, the nasty and the charming, into something unique in the history of storytelling.
biology  writer  story-telling  children  author  book  review 
september 2010 by tsuomela

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