book word is about books (of course), reading and writing them. It’s about the words writers use. And how they use them. And how reading and writing are in a dynamic partnership. Mostly fiction – novels and short stories – but poetry, biography, books about writing, books about books too.
‘When you write, you lay out a line of words,’ says Annie Dillard at the start of The Writing Life. ‘The line of words is a miner’s pick, a wood-carver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you located the real subject? You will know tomorrow, or this time next year.’ Words laying out a path to follow, taking the reader to a new place. In this blog I want to share ideas about how the writer does this, why, and to explore some of the new territories discovered along the way.
Writers are usually readers, and readers are often writers. The connection is explored in Francine Prose’s book: Reading like a writer: a guide for people who love books and for people who want to write them. Great title, great name! That’s my kind of book. So is Howards End is on the Landing, by Susan Hill, a series of essays about books and reading in her life.
I have some other passions in life, music and my grandchildren among them. But I’ll only refer to them in as far as they relate to books, reading, writing and words. Which of course means exploring stories and narrative, and illustrations, opera plots and …
I hope you get the picture of what appears in this blog. Not how to do anything, not a good reading or good writing guide, more a way of talking about writing.
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