More inspiration to start that novel you’ve been thinking about writing.
“Most writers find their individual voice only after they sojourn through periods of imitation. Though it’s an excellent way to appropriate experimental techniques and move out of comfortable ruts, imitation can only take us so far. But more prescriptive guidelines from famous authors can offer ways to refine our individual styles and visions. Advice, for example, from such a clear and succinct theorist as Kurt Vonnegut can go a very long way indeed for aspiring fiction writers.” – Josh Jones
The quest for self-improvement never ends, and we’re always searching for resources that can help us along that path. Thankfully, the internet allows us to access the most brilliant and mind-expanding thinkers and creators who ever lived.
Today, I want to share five of my favorite places on the web for intellectually stimulating and inspiring ideas. Please feel free to share your own favorite resources in the comments.
Five Wonderfully Intelligent Websites
Brain Pickings– Essential for anyone interested in art, literature, philosophy, and science.
Open Culture– As the name implies, this is a treasure trove of culturally important resources – all free and open to anyone with an inquisitive mind.
National Geographic– Yes, the legendary magazine of world culture is still going strong in the 21st Century.
Mental Floss – Consistently excellent articles on a variety of subjects.
Atlas Obscura – A surprising source of little-known cultural facts.
Want to amaze your book-loving friends with your knowledge of literary trivia?
Well, here’s a great place to start.
“On Twitter we recently reached the 100,000 followers milestone. (Hurrah! And do follow us @InterestingLit if you’re also a tweeter.) To celebrate the occasion, we’ve gathered together one hundred of our favourite facts about famous authors. We hope you enjoy them! Where there’s a link on an author’s name, we’ve linked to our post about that particular author (usually part of our five fascinating facts series – indeed, if you like these facts, check out that series).” – Interesting Literature
The Man Booker Prize announced its short list just a few days ago, which means it’s time for its Yankee brethren, the National Book Award, to jump into the game with its long list. The one book that made it on both? A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara, who spoke to Vulture about the process of writing the book. The NBA fiction short list will be released October 14, with the winners themselves announced on November 18. Good luck to all these nominees, and better luck to their frustrated, less-famous friends. – Nate Jones