Virginia Woolf took her life on March 28, 1941 at the age of 59. She was the author of fifteen books, countless essays and even ran a publishing press Hogarth Press. There’s no question that she left quite the mark on the literary world that can still be felt to this day. In this Open Culture post, musician and poet Patti Smith marks the day of Woolf’s passing by giving her own thoughts as to why she left and by reading a selection from Woolf’s novel The Waves.
“For myself, I believe she made this decision consciously. It was what she needed to do as a human being and so I do not think of this as sad. I just think it’s the day that Virginia Woolf decided to say goodbye. We are not celebrating the day, we are simply acknowledging that this is the day. If I had a title to call tonight, I would call it Wave. We are waving to Virginia.” – Patti Smith
No matter where you are in your creative process, you can always use reminders on how to keep motivated and on track. This video by Visual.ly lists the 29 ways to be creative. Incorporate a couple of these to break free from the rut. What do you do to boost your creativity?
Read the rest of Harjo’s poem and the rest of the issue here.
“You need to learn the rules before you can break them. And you need to read everybody. If you’re black, don’t just read black writers and if you’re white, don’t just read white writers, etc. I read everybody across the board, all ethnicities. I’m curious about mankind. I want to know how everybody lives.” – Terry McMillan
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Back when the legendary author Kurt Vonnegut (Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five) was just an anthropology student at the University of Chicago, he produced a brilliant graph as his master’s thesis, a project that was ultimately rejected. The concept details how the protagonist of a story has ups and downs that can be pinpointed in a graph, revealing the shape of the story. As he explained in his autobiography Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage, “stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper, and the shape of a given society’s stories is at least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads.” Visual.ly adopted Vonnegut’s concept and created the striking graphic below.
In this Telegraph essay, British author and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (Intimacy, The Body, The Last Word) argues that writers, by spending too much time on the safe questions of plot and dialogue, are missing the importance of digging deep into the imagination and the "useful trouble" it may offer.