Sunday 20 October 2013


"In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives. And as your mind and body grow accustomed to a certain amount of sleep each night — six hours, seven, maybe the recommended eight — so can you train your waking mind to sleep creatively and work out the vividly imagined waking dreams which are successful works of fiction."

This is a quote of Stephen King that Maria Popova shared in Brain Pickings when talking about King's book: On Writing. In the summer of 1999, King was nearly killed while taking his daily walk. A driver struck King as he strode along the gravel shoulder of Route 5 in Maine. While recovering from his injuries, King wrote On Writing.

Read the whole story, including some insightful excerpts and a 25' recording of the whole story in NPR. E.T.P. 32'.

Image: Screenshot of Shortlist website.

Massive spoiler alert! Shortlist pusblished some of the most famous last words in literature. Here's what they say about it: "If you knew you were about to meet your maker you’d try and make your last words before you shifted off this mortal coil pretty darn special, eh? Literary characters are no different – some succeed in reaching some higher state of gravitas; others, well, their last recorded utterances reflect the banality of much of the human condition. Have a look in Shortlist website. E.T.P.: 4'.

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