I’m currently 21 and I’m contemplating pursuing a career in writing. The problem is that I don’t write as much as I should, and I doubt the quality of what I do write. But then I realized that there are people out there who write and create regardless of their age. Through some searching around, I was able to find authors who were published by the time they were 21 or wrote books while they were teens. Hopefully, they serve as a source of inspiration for you as well. Read more…
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We already have enough troubles getting drunk texts from shlubs on Plenty of Fish. But if we had to get drunk texts from anyone, the late, great John Cheever would probably write good ones. Check out more funny drunk texts from famous authors by Jessie Gaynor over at the Paris Review‘s blog.
Which famous author would you want to get drunk texts from? Jonathan Ames for me for sure. [Paris Review]
Renowned sci-fi author Ray Bradbury died this morning in Los Angeles at age 91, i09 is reporting, with confirmation from his family and biographer. The report does not indicate the cause of death. “If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him,” his grandson Danny Karapetian said. “He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it’s always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. … He was the biggest kid I know.” Read more…
The website “I Write Like” analyzes a block of text and tells you which famous author the writing is reminiscent of. Depending on what article I put in, my writing style is either similar to Jane Austen (um, boring?) or Stephen King (supermarket trash?). Writing like Stephenie Meyer, the woman behind the hugely popular Twilight series, is even easier. Clearly. [via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Here’s an idea for how to get students more interested in authors like the Brontë sisters (Anne, Emily, and Charlotte), whose novels are normally only read when they’re forced upon kids in school: Turn old, dead writers into action figures! This fake commercial makes the Brontës seem downright tough, like WWE wrestlers. [via The Gloss] Keep reading »
E. Lynn Harris, who introduced millions of readers to the “down low” lifestyle of black gay men, died Thursday night in Los Angeles while on a tour to promote his eleventh novel, Basketball Jones. His health had declined, but details of the cause of death are unavailable. Harris wrote novels that exposed readers to “black, affluent gay men who were masculine, complex and, sometimes, tormented” characters who had rarely been depicted in black literature. He encouraged the black community to talk frankly and candidly about homosexuality in books like Invisible Life, A Love of My Own, and his New York Times best-selling memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. He pretty much invented a new literary genre about black gay men living double lives. Keep reading »