— John Edgar Wideman
— Ann Beattie
— Stephen King
Is National Novel Writing Month #NaNoWrMo too much ambition for you?
How about 15 minutes a day of writing to improve your brain?
The idea is simple: Write 15 minutes a day in November. No word counts. No project limits. Just sit down and write for 15 minutes.
Want some rewards? Look at http://nawri15mo.tumblr.com/post/65532388058/nawri15mo
J.D. Salinger, written in a letter to Joyce Maynard
I guess I still have a ways to go.
— William Faulkner
— William Carlos Williams
Above is part of a David Foster Wallace rough draft and notes for a book chapter of one of his books.
Below is some pages from Marcel Prout’s clmposing process more organized and into crossing out and [laying with the first draft. Get it down first. Able to fall out of love with a first draft.
Writing is the 6th Impossible Thing is a great post by Vivian Swift about writing and painting drafts and the process of creating. Plus terrific illustrations.
It’s the birthday of Ernest Hemingway, born in Oak Park, Illinois (1899).
As a young man, he wanted to fight in World War I, but he had bad eyesight so he volunteered as an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross in Italy. Only one month after he started, he was passing out chocolates to Italian soldiers on the frontlines and got hit by shrapnel from an exploding shell. He spent several weeks in the hospital, where he started suffering from insomnia. He couldn’t sleep without a light on for fear that he might die in the night. He traveled back to his parents’ home, still recuperating from his injury.
Hemingway lived with his parents for months, occasionally hunting and fishing with friends. He wrote a few adventure stories about the war and sent them to the Saturday Evening Post, but they were rejected. His parents accused him of “sponging,” told him to get a real job, and his mother finally threw him out of the house when he was 21.
He got married, moved to Paris, and started hanging out with writers like Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein.
He was forced to begin over again when he lost a suitcase that carried every manuscript and every copy of every manuscript he had written so far in Paris. Hemingway tried to write as simply and objectively as possible, using very few adjectives or adverbs.
— Lloyd Alexander (Time Cat)
— Cyril Connolly
A dog trot style cabin in southern Iowa for graduate students, authors and creative people to get away to work… a green, sustainable ranch retreat, far from noise, distractions, and close to major hubs.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – November) reservations are filled, I still have openings July, August and early September.
Accepting reservations up to 1 year in advance.
The writer’s retreat includes 80 acres of rolling hills in southern Iowa, just off a paved, county road. It’s small, comfortable, and the perfect environment for writers and creative artists, photographers, and song writers.
A spacious, 700 square foot two room cabin and sleeping lofts with views of ponds and pasture outfitted with high-speed internet, a collection of writer’s guides and references, printer and large poster pads and markers. It is ideal for graduate students writing class projects, thesis, dissertations and capstones. Grant writers, annual report authors, and professionals who need a space to dedicate to a project are welcome and will enjoy the ability to focus and create.
The cabin includes a private kitchen and personal, private bath space make your stay comfortable and self sufficient. (Thoreau may have hiked to the outhouse for inspiration at Walden, you don’t have to!) You are free to work, eat, rest on your own schedule with no other guests to disturb you.
Surrounding the barn are trails, conservation habitat and pasture to explore for inspiration. There are two ponds where the ducks and geese spend parts of their days.
The ranch releases Ringneck pheasant and ethically raises, chickens, turkeys and ducks antibiotic free, on pasture.
There is a country kitchen for your use in the cabin. The kitchen includes a 6 burner stove and oven, you can cook and create to your hearts desire. Don’t want to cook? There is also a microwave oven and a freezer big enough to hold a week’s worth of Lean Cuisine. There is a small-town restaurant 5 minutes away, and a college town with grocery stores, local coffee shops and pizza joints just over the hill about 15 minutes by car.
The insulated cabin is heated and cooled and you may enjoy an outdoor fire pit for cooking or warming on a cool night. There is a private bath with shower.
Reserve Pre Opening at a Special Rate Today
I need your help, the retreat is ready to go, but I’m still making some improvements. If you’re eager to stay before the official opening, I’ll give you a discounted rate for $599 for the week. I don’t have a fancy, online reservation system yet, so choose the dates from the calendar below….you need to click each day you wish to stay.
Questions? email or phone and we can do this the old-school way.