Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Find the world you unconsciously seek

“They went through their doors. They found the worlds they had always unconsciously sought. It is as I have told you. One takes his place ..and before him opens that existence in which his spirit, his mind, his soul if you wish to call it that—is at home. And he goes forth to seek his fortune there.”

From Witch World by Andre Norton, recommended by a Texas woman writer whose book I found “by accident” in the Silverton library (my town in Oregon), signed by her. She had lived here with her husband for a few years before moving back to Texas. Her book on writing I found to be one that spoke plainly and yet elegantly about writing, after having read quite a few writing books that were boring, pompous, fatuous(“foolish or silly, especially in a smug or self-satisfied way”), shallow, formulaic, repetitive, male centered, and so on...

Ardath Mayhar, THROUGH A STONE WALL : A BOOK ON WRITING. The beginning is worthwhile reading, then she goes on about the different genres and styles for writing them. She defends sci-fi rather well I must admit.

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