Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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William Faulkner Quote About Competing With Yourself

 

 

 

Nobel laureate William Faulkner believed it was impossible for an author to write a perfect story. He admitted he never was satisfied with his work. It always could be better.

In a 1956 interview with Faulkner in The Paris Review, he  said about being a novelist:

“Ninety-nine percent talent … ninety-nine percent discipline … ninety-nine percent work. He must never be satisfied with what he does. It never is as good as it can be done. Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

Rather than compare our work to accomplished, prize winning authors, competing with ourselves is more productive.  How can I make this piece better? Is this story better than the previous one I wrote?

I’ve won awards for several short stories, yet when I reread them, I cringe because I find ways I could revise them. Never being satisfied with our writing is a good thing according to Faulkner because we will continue to improve our craft.

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Fiction Quote By Don DeLillo Author of White Noise And Underworld: A Novel

 

 

“Fiction is the single best means for arriving at the truth.”  Don DeLillo.

Elizabeth Lyon used this quote on one of the front pages of her book, Manuscript Makeover click here.

I’d like to have a chat with her and DeLillo to understand why she chose that quote for a book on revision techniques and why he said what he said.

DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels and has won many awards, one being the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. If I were to choose one of his books, I’d take Underworld: A Novel click here. DeLillo grew up in the Bronx. He’s 80 years old and his writing is known in the postmodernism movement.  The authors he read and who inspired him the most were James Joyce, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Conner, and Ernest Hemingway. I’m a fan of Faulkner and O’Conner too. The latter influenced my early writing and recently I’ve learned to appreciate Faulkner.

Getting back to Elizabeth Lyon’s Manuscript Makeover, it is the book I’m using for half of the lessons I’m creating for my Dublin Writing Class. It came highly recommended by Sheila Bali, an author and friend. The new 8 week series in Dublin starts on Monday, July 10th.

Let me know if you’ve read Lyon’s book, and if you want to order it from Amazon, click here.