January 4, 2014
Pictures of Nantucket in the snow are getting prettier and prettier! I can imagine being there right now, taking a snow-hushed, red-cheeked walk through town.

Photo via ack.net
photo via ack.net

Pictures of Nantucket in the snow are getting prettier and prettier! I can imagine being there right now, taking a snow-hushed, red-cheeked walk through town.

Photo via ack.net

photo via ack.net

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January 2, 2014
"Don’t write your books for people who won’t like them. Give yourself wholly to the kind of book you want to write and don’t try to please readers who like something different. Otherwise, you’ll end up with the worst of both worlds. I write lyrical, introspective, experiential books concerned with consciousness and perception. If a reader wants to know what my protagonist’s insurance policies are, he’ll be better off curling up with a nice cup of chamomile tea and an actuarial table. Similarly, don’t write your books for bad readers. Your books will suffer from bad readers no matter what, so write them for brilliant, big-brained and big-hearted people who will love you for feeding their minds with feasts of beauty."

— Paul Harding, 5 Writing Tips (author of Pulitzer Prize Winner, Tinker)

(Source: writingwell, via elsiechapmanauthor)

December 31, 2013

wordsbydan:

On writing: 5 Literary voices we lost this year

The Guardian has a great article collecting quotes about life from writers we lost this year, but here’s what each had to say about writing:

Doris Lessing: “You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn’t care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing can’t be a way of life - the important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it.”

Chinua Achebe: "Imaginative literature does not enslave; it liberates the mind of man. Its truth is not like the canons of orthodoxy or the irrationality of prejudice and superstition. It begins as an adventure in self-discovery and ends in wisdom and humane conscience."

Seamus Heaney: “The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful … to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself.”

Elmore Leonard: "So many people say, ‘I’m dying to write.’ Well, if you’re dying to write, why aren’t you writing? If you’re not writing, you’re not dying to do it enough."

Iain Banks: “Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don’t try to perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. Accept imperfections. Get it finished and then you can go back.

(via thetinhouse)

December 29, 2013
I have to admit, I love the cover of NANTUCKET RED!

I have to admit, I love the cover of NANTUCKET RED!

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December 2, 2013
One of my favorite memories EVER is signing books at Mitchell’s Book Corner on Nantucket on a rainy July morning. Would love to be there now, sipping hot chocolate and browsing.

One of my favorite memories EVER is signing books at Mitchell’s Book Corner on Nantucket on a rainy July morning. Would love to be there now, sipping hot chocolate and browsing.

December 1, 2013
sarahenni:

whitehouse:

President Obama, Sasha, and Malia shop for books at Politics & Prose — a local bookstore in D.C.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sarahenni:

whitehouse:

President Obama, Sasha, and Malia shop for books at Politics & Prose — a local bookstore in D.C.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 30, 2013
amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Mark Twain, born 30 November 1835, died 21 April 1910
Mark Twain: Nine Tips for Living an Extraordinary Life
Source for Image

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Mark Twain, born 30 November 1835, died 21 April 1910

Mark Twain: Nine Tips for Living an Extraordinary Life

Source for Image

November 29, 2013
Wish I could buy this for myself (and all my friends) for Christmas, wrap it up and put it under the tree — but I have to wait until MAY!

Wish I could buy this for myself (and all my friends) for Christmas, wrap it up and put it under the tree — but I have to wait until MAY!

November 29, 2013

karissalipp asked: Do you have any upcoming books you're working on? I loved Nantucket Blue.

Thank you!  Yes, Nantucket Red (a sequel) is coming out on May 13, 2014!

November 27, 2013
Top 10 Writing Tips from Joyce Carol Oates

(Source: altlitgossip)

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