In 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill Sherlock Holmes. I say tried, because his attempt at literary homicide (litericide?) was ultimately a failure. By all rights, it should have succeeded. As the writer, Doyle held the power to destroy that which he had created. Holmes, by contrast, was only a make-believe character. His very existence was subject to the whims and intentions of the man from whose imagination he had sprung. Doyle should have been able to kill off his fictional detective with a simple stroke of the pen, but thing
Here's an article in the January 3, 2013 New York Times about the experiences of a variety of writers both in the writing of their original works, and then of adapting them for different media. It reveals that even for long-standing professionals, it's not always easy. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/movies/awardsseason/writers-rethink-wo...
From the Stern
There is beauty just looking at the ocean,
It fills a sailor with deep emotion.
To stand on the stern and depart the pier,
I pray to God I can see you my dear.
But the murky color of the harbor water,
Grows clearer as the ship moves farther.
Out to sea is the destination course,
My heart feels pain and distance is the source.
Sailors know the drill of underway,
In the November 4 issue of the New York Times is this article by a former political speechwriter that I'm passing on to everyone. Though the subject is his experience as a speechwriter, there are many aspects of his writing life that have broad application to the field. The link is:
Back in college at Central Michigan University, for two years I wrote for the school newspaper, the award winning CM Life. I was an editorial columnist - which meant I had the privilege of writing about whatever I felt like. Some of my material was funny, some serious, a few pieces were political - while others simply poked fun at campus life.