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I had a president of production ask for a free rewrite before he gave it to his chairman. Not a polish. He had notes. True multi-week notes. That doesn’t strike me as a producer’s polish. That strikes me as flat-out abusive.
…that seems to be what people want. If I can’t magically say, “Yes, here is my crystal ball, it outperforms THE HUNGER GAMES, don’t worry about it,” they …
Ten lovely and very true observations on her writing life by the author of NW, White Teeth, On Beauty, and many others.
Read “Zadie Smith’s Rules for Writers” at The Guardian UK
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Make of this what you will.
“Famous Literary Drunks & Addicts” (all 46 of ‘em) from LIFE Magazine. Click through to the LIFE site to read the captions (and names, sheesh!) about each author. Thanks to Mike H. for the linkage.
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Author Christina Baker Kline (Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be) did us the great favour of transcribing a recent interview with director James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) in which he offers storytelling wisdom that is simple but oh so true:
It’s always about the characters and about how those characters express something …