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Bookmark This: Louise Erdrich



Today's Bookmark comes from Louise Erdrich. Her poem "Advice To Myself" is a great reminder to ignore the loud distractions in your life and write!

ADVICE TO MYSELF by Louise Erdrich

Bookmark This: Your Heart is My Heart

Here is a tremendous short essay that did not make it on to BuzzFeed's "17 Personal Essays That Will Change Your Life." Brian Doyle examines the heart starting with one of the smallest—a hummingbird's. Doyle utilizes facts and turns these truths into an expansive narrative that surprises at the end. 

BOOKMARK THIS: 17 Personal Essays That Will Change Your Life

Bookmark this BuzzFeed list including seventeen essays that will change your life. Topping and closing the list is the recipient of the 2013 PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement award, Joan Didion, with her pieces "Goodbye To All That" and "The White Album".

Bookmark This: Ramona Ausubel Interview

Check out Ramona Ausubel discussing No One Is Here Except All of Us, the winner of the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction over at Interview Magazine. Topics covered range from writing in the digital age to the influence of her grandmother and history on her fiction.

The article reads:

BOOKMARK THIS: Henri Poincaré on How Creativity Works

This article from Brain Pickings gives us an insight on French Polymath Henri Poincaré's observations on the powerful role of unconscious incubation in the creative process. The article reads: 

Bookmark This: George Saunders on Kindness

 

George Saunders gave a convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013. We love this speech about the importance and complexity of kindness. Here's an excerpt pulled from the 6th Floor Blog on the New York Times.

"Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place."

Bookmark This: Joan Didion on Creative Process

Joan Didion sat down with the Paris Review in 1977. In this great interview she talks about her process and the importance of a good first sentence.

DIDION

BOOKMARK THIS: PRODIGY ENVY

Bookmark this article from The Atlantic: Prodigy envy isn't a new thing. The article states, "Young writers have always been angsty about the ever-waning time left to become a literary wunderkind."

Bookmark This: Maya Angelou on Editing

Today on The Mark Blog Maya Angelou shares some funny and very wise unsolicited advice on editing. This excerpt was taken from her Paris Review interview in 1990.

The full interview can be found here. 

Bookmark This: Geoff Dyer on How to Write Fiction

 

"Writing is a natural process – we're all geared up to do it." - Geoff Dyer

Today's Bookmark is an article from The Guardian featuring Geoff Dyer and his tips on how to write fiction: