Read Local by Category: About Writing
"For true contentment, one must carry a book at all times."
~Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs
It makes sense that a collection of autobiographical essays by a Pulitzer prize-winning author would include a few thoughts on writing. The act of writing is far from the theme of Michael Chabon's book on family and gender roles, but comments on it are present. Aside from the quote above, two passages in particular speak to the process of artistic creation.
Dramatic life moments are a great source of creative fodder, and moving on from them is usually aided by processing them through creative output. They inspire us to write. They inform what we write. They heal when we write.
After the fact.
When in the midst of things, though, I find I can't write anything at all. The harder I try, the more numb I become. It's all too immediate. I can't get a handle on it, can't find words to relate it.
Computer scientists have recently tried programming Artificial Intelligences to create poetry. Computers are the ultimate masters of pattern. Their function depends upon it. So it makes sense that they would be capable of mastering the patterns of language. But is mastery of pattern enough to create poetry?
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Today we offer a collection of loosely related thoughts, observations, and insights related to writing.
For your Summer Reading consideration we offer two books from our to-read list that pair quite nicely. They are both from 2012 and delve into the science of stories and storytelling, how our brains are innately wired to think in story and how best to tap into that wiring when crafting your own stories.
In Dancing on the Head of a Pen, Robert Benson says, “Most of us who write are curious about, if not downright fascinated by, how other writers go about their work, especially those writers whose work we admire.” So it’s no surprise that I’m obsessed with New Hampshire Public Radio’s 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop.