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Old 08-30-2015, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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Some very interesting thoughts on the prolificacy (or lack thereof) of authors from Stephen King.

I haven't read much King in years, save for an occasional re-read of The Shining or 'Salem's Lot, and I don't always agree with his thoughts on writing - but he almost always has something interesting to say, something worthy of consideration.

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THERE are many unspoken postulates in literary criticism, one being that the more one writes, the less remarkable one’s work is apt to be. Joyce Carol Oates, the author of more than 50 novels (not counting the 11 written under the pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly), understands perfectly how little use critics have for prolific writers. In one of her journals she wrote that she seemed to create “more, certainly, than the literary world allows for a ‘serious’ writer.”
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As a young man, my head was like a crowded movie theater where someone has just yelled “Fire!” and everyone scrambles for the exits at once. I had a thousand ideas but only 10 fingers and one typewriter. There were days — I’m not kidding about this, or exaggerating — when I thought all the clamoring voices in my mind would drive me insane. Back then, in my 20s and early 30s, I thought often of the John Keats poem that begins, “When I have fears that I may cease to be / Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain …”
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My thesis here is a modest one: that prolificacy is sometimes inevitable, and has its place. The accepted definition — “producing much fruit, or foliage, or many offspring” — has an optimistic ring, at least to my ear.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/op...tive.html?_r=0
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:33 AM
 
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This clip seems to support that


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMZONL8x8NE
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