The carpenters speak always in carpentry metaphors; the farmers speak always in farming metaphors. Like simple country folk! Would you like to read a six-page description of a room or person each time one is visited? This is the book for you! There are also about ten too many harsh digs at internet women that. Maybe used to seem funny or true, or just like evidence that the author was a man. I acknowledge my response there is unusual, because this book was and is incredibly loved, and was the standard against which all the author's other books were compared.
It's partly because: very little in this book happens as i expected it to happen. But also, sometimes, i wondered why. Which is a new feeling for me, reading Eliot. In my opinion, george Eliot writes novels that are perfect. This actually doesn't mean i always jaw-drop love them, but it means that everything they are is exactly as it should be to become the resume richest, rightest story. It will stay and stay with you. You know that thing that often happens when you read someone's first novel, and you notice all the things that are first-novely about it? And they give you reservations but you also forgive them. I guess the writer I least expected this feeling from is george Eliot, but this is how I felt through nearly the whole book.
To view it, click here. I picked this copy up at the closing month sale. Skyline books in nyc. So this is my "last" gap book in my "Major novels of george Eliot" subjective quest of the winter. Silas Marner is popular and, felix Holt is long, and someday soon I'll read both. But having taken a glance at some lit crit, i think i've covered the works I'm most likely to encounter spoilers about if I read any. Which is uh, what was actually most important to me, in this quest. Speaking of spoilers, i think this is the rare i picked this copy up at the closing month sale. Speaking of spoilers, i think this is the rare book i can't write about at all without the filter.
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These days people write books after theyre famous, not before. And if the only books you read are bestsellers, well, you have a myopic view of the publishing world. Over 100k books are published in the us annually, and few sell more than a few thousand copies. What causes books to sell may have little to do with how good a book is, as weve all been mystified by the abysmal bestsellers and surprised by amazing books few seem to know about. Either way, to justify the effort youll need reasons other than cash. Here is the upside: I love writing books. I love reading books.
They want to hear some secret that skips over the hard parts. Publishers are rightfully picky and they get pitched a zillion books a day. It takes effort to learn the ropes, send out smart queries, and do the research required to both craft the idea for a book, and then to propose it effectively. So while writing is a rejection prone occupation, even for the rock-stars, finding a publisher is not a mystery. In fact the whole game is self-selective: people who arent willing to do the work of getting published are unlikely to be capable of the work required to finish a decent manuscript. But that said its easier today to self-publish than ever.
But again, our tragically unpopular companion, work, is required so many prefer to keep asking writers how they got published instead of just doing it themselves. I self published my last book, and you can read what I learned from it here. Being famous and wealthy : Now this is the kicker. About 50 of the time the real thing people want to know is how to become a famous millionaire rock-star author person. As if a i qualified, b i could explain how it happened, or c id be willing to tell. First, this assumes writing is a good way to get rich. Im not sure how this lie started but writing, like most creative pursuits, has always been a less than lucrative lifestyle. Even if a book sells well, the to hour ratio will be well below your average corporate job, without the health benefits, sick days, nor the months where you can coast by without your boss noticing.
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Sure there are tricks here and there, but really writing is a kind of work. 30 of the time the real thing people are asking is how do you find a publisher. As if there wasnt a phone book or, say, an Internet-thingy where you can look this stuff. Writers-market is literally begging to help hippie writers hippie find publishers. Many publishers, being positive on the whole idea of communication, put information on how to submit material on their website. And so do agents. The grand comedy of this is how few writers follow the instructions. Thats what pisses off all the editors: few writers do their homework. The sticking point for most wanna-be published authors is, again, the work.
you will always find excuses if you want them and you probably. If you want to write, kill the magic: a book is just a bunch of writing. It might suck or be incomprehensible, but so what: its still a book. Nothing is stopping you right now from collecting all of your elementary school book reports, or drunken napkin scribbles, binding them together at Kinkos for 20, slapping a title on the cover, and qualifying as an author. Want to write a good book? Ok, but get in line since most pro authors are still trying to figure that out frankenstein too. Writing a good book, compared to a bad one, involves one thing. No one wants to hear this, but if you take two books off any shelf, Ill bet my pants the author of the better book worked harder than the author of the other one. Call it effort, study, practice, whatever.
so well trod by so many famous people that anyone who asks hoping to discover. Heres the short honest truth : 20 of the people who ask me are hoping to hear this. Anyone can write a book. The truth is you dont need any. There is no license required. No test to take. Writing, as opposed to publishing, requires almost no financial or physical resources. A pen, paper and effort are all that has been required for hundreds of years. Voltaire and, marquis de sade could write in prison, then you can do it in suburbia, at lunch, at work, or after your kids go to sleep. .
But also understand that, unless you're reading a textbook or reading a book for the purpose of studying something in detail, there is no need to remember all the details. It's normal to forget most of the details of most books you read, just as you forget most of the details of most days of your life. That does not render the experience useless. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I cannot remember the books i've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, good they have made.". Posted on, august 15, 2007 in, writing Well by, scott Berkun, every author i know gets asked the same question: How do you write a book? Its a simple question, but it causes unexpected problems. On the one hand, its nice to have people interested in something. If I told people i fixed toasters for a living, i doubt Id get many inquires.
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I think the paper memory limitation is the most vexing hindrance Shortly after I finish a book, i tend to forget a lot. If forgetting is bound to happen, the reading is useless! How can I tackle this problem? Wikihow Contributor, take notes and highlight/underline important phrases. Take note of interesting pages and passages. Writing down the notes will help encode things in your memory better. And be sure to be mindful when you read! Really get immersed, think about what you're reading, and let it sink. Don't rush through.