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Writing and the Revision Process

I'm looking for anecdotes, or in-depth quotes, from writers about the process of rewriting/revision. Specifically, the difficulty or dedication some writers to the process. I'm aware of a few of the more popular maxims (i.e. Allow yourself to write a bad first draft, etc).
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Jan 23, 2007 - 20 answers

 

Depressing Novels and Short Story Collections

What are some great depressing, or I should say melancholic, 21st century novels/short story collections? The latest that I have ordered is E. Annie Proulx 'Close Range: Wyoming Stories,' but that is from the late 90s. I just cannot take the material that is being churned out in the 21st century. Most of it is pretty much the same. If it isn't formulaic mainstream work it turns out to be obscure and pointless POMO drivel. I've scoured the 20th century and found a ton of titles, but almost nothing from the last 7 years. The one recent gem I found is Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'. Thanks in advance.
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Jan 6, 2007 - 34 answers

Information on the Writer's High?

I'm looking for any information on the "Writer's High" I am assuming it is similar to the "runner's high." I have heard it mentioned a few times, mostly by writer's who use it for therapeutic purposes. Have any studies been done?
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Dec 5, 2006 - 5 answers

Where Can I Find Sales Figures for Novels?

Where can I find sales figures for novels (new and/or classic)? I am aware of Bookscan and Publisher's Lunch, but those are very expensive.
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Oct 26, 2006 - 9 answers

Books on Writers and Alcohol?

I'm looking for books dealing with writers and alcohol, or writers writing about alcohol. I own four books on the subject: The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and the American Writer Alcohol and the Writer A Drinking Companion: Alcohol and Writers' Lives The Muse in the Bottle: Great Writers on the Joy of Drinking
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Sep 11, 2006 - 21 answers

Famous Writing Habits?

Famous Writing Habits? I come across sites dealing with a few here and there but there is no great collection I can find. Common examples: Hemingway's habit/belief of 500 words per day, Faulkner drinking whiskey whilst writing, Balzac drinking 10+ espressos a day, Thomas Wolfe's habit of writing standing up and his prolixity (so much so that Max Perkins had to substantially edit his work). Certain writers lived philosophies on first drafts/revisions, words/hours per day, etc etc. I have no problem locating famous quotes, but I'm more interested in info about actual behaviors. Hope that sounds right. Thank You in advance.
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Aug 13, 2006 - 27 answers

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