Can I be a successful writer without going to college.
I want to write for a living, that is all I know how to do well, but alot of famous writers went to college. Is it possible to do well in life without college? I mean college sounds nice and all, but why pay to go to school and then afterwards when you’re done?
Absolutely! you would not believe how many successful writers either didn’t finish, or go to, college.Maya Angelou never went to college. However, she was awarded an honorary degree.Ray Bradbury never finished college.Truman Capote never finished high school .His teachers told his mother that he was “mentally backward”. His first story was published when he was still in his teens.Harlan Ellison was kicked out of Ohio State University AND a creative writing teacher told him he had no talent.Herman Melville did not go to college. He went to sea at age eighteen.Frances Harriet Whipple , abolitionist, poet, novelist, and editor, had to earn her own living at a very early age. She gained local recognition for her poetry and in 1838 anonymously penned a best-seller: The Memoirs of Eleanor Eldridge.Harriet Beecher Stowe, Samuel Clements, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman, Seton Thomas, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Henry B. Fuller, James Whitcomb Riley, and Whittier all did not go to college.Henry James went to Harvard Law School but didn’t go to college for writing.S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders in 1967 when she was only 17 years old. It’s still in print, high-school kids still read it and it was made into a movie.Also way back on July 9, 1916 The New York Times published an article by W.W.Ellsworth in which he states that colleges turn out critics not creative artists. W.W. Ellsworth was a publisher himself.I have a PDF copy of the article on my computer.So no a college education is not necessary BUT anyone who wants to write for a living really needs to work very hard at it. Lots of people start writing but find it’s too hard to keep going. One of the things that helps a writer who wants to self-educate is to remember to read the kind of stuff that you might not choose to read on your own. Books like the classics, books written by authors from other cultures, things like that. That way you really broaden your literary horizons and have more to draw on for your own writing. Read a lot and read widely varied materials. Write when you want to hang with your friends, write when you want to watch TV. Write everyday even if you don’t want to . That’s the mark of a real writer. Waiting for “inspiration” will get you nothing but weeks of blank pages.Ray Bradbury was writing one thousand words a day every day by the time he was 12.Truman Capote started writing fiction when he was 11. He received a recognition award for writing when he was 12.I’d say good luck but luck has nothing to do with it. Hard work, a willingness to learn, and perserverance will get you much much farther than luck or talent.I have a friend who is a successful artist. She went to an art college. She said she learned all the important techniques and skills outside of college by studying on her own and by studying under the tutelege of a few good artists who offered workshops.
Where was Stephinie Meyer was born.
I am doing this school paper on my favorite athour and that would have to be Stephinie Meyer so I have to now like where she was born her birthday and how many books she has wrote and what they are and when did she want to become a athour.
Stephenie MeyerMeyer on her book tour for Eclipse in 2007.Born Stephenie MorganDecember 24, 1973 (1973-12-24) (age 35)Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesOccupation NovelistNationality AmericanGenres Fantasy, Romance, Science fiction, Young adultInfluences[show]Orson Scott Card, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Maeve Binchy, Brontë sisters, Daphne du Maurier, L. M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Eva Ibbotson, William Goldman, Douglas Adams, Janet EvanovichOfficial websiteStephenie Meyer (née Morgan, born December 24, 1973) is an American author, known for her romantic vampire series Twilight. The Twilight novels have sold over 42 million copies worldwide, with translations into 37 different languages around the globe. A film adaptation of Twilight was released domestically on November 21, 2008. Meyer is also the author of the adult science-fiction novel The Host.Meyer was named USA Today’s “Author of the Year” in 2008. She was also the biggest selling author of the year, having sold over 22 million books in 2008 alone, with Twilight being the best selling book of the year.
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Criticize Little women .
so i had a homework to read the novel little women and do some tasks based on it from which is to write a letter to it’s author ” Louisa may alcott ‘ a letter saying recommendations on how to make the novel better buy i really like the novel so i have nothing to say so can anyone tell me what i can use…
I think many readers have wished that Jo had married Laurie. I remember reading, as a pre-teen, a comment from one girl who said she had read Little Women several times, hoping each time that it would turn out differently. How do you feel about Laurie’s marrying Amy instead?Or how do you feel about the death of Beth? Would the story be better if she had lived?Or would you like Mr. March to have been more fully developed as a character? I don’t remember that he even speaks one word in the book, but he seems to have been an important figure in the girls’ lives, since Jo names her first son for him.That’s about all I can think of, and I’ve read it several times.
B&A Poll: 5 Books….
…you wish were never written?Please include your reasons, and it’s alright if you can’t think of that many. But you are certainly welcome to list more.P.S. Please exclude the Twilight series, since 90% of you will say that (but I do agree).
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I understand that the guy was a great author but this book drove me insane. I was so bored while I was reading it I actually fell asleep.The books of the Abrahamic religions. I have nothing against the religions themselves but some of things that are justified using those books are horrible.Jinx by Meg Cabot. I want those 4 hours of my life back. That book was just down right painful. I spent first half the book wishing I could slap the main character and the second half wishing aliens would come and abduct them all just so something interesting would happen.The Shadow God by Aaron Rayburn. I found myself beating my face against my desk thinking How did this get published? It is really just awful. It should come with a surgeon general warning.Modern day chick lit. I hate the characters, I hate the plots, I hate the writing, I just over all hate them. The stories are all the same. There is either a group bitchy rich girls who have sex with every guy that moves, all the greatest clothes and all the greatest parties and the books basically revolves around this until it comes to a very boring end where nothing actually happens; or there is a bitchy rich girl who loses her fortune and is forced to work like the rest of us because you know that’s just awful. Then she learns about how rewarding hard work really is.
Childrens books. do you remember them.
compile together some books in which you read when you were in elementary school or just when you were a child. now and then some random situations in life bring me back to memories of certain books i have read when i was a kid. sometimes i cant remember that book and it bothers me so much. does this ever happen to…
I am probably older than most of you but being an only child, reading was my joy and salvation, especially during the summer. I would go to the library every week, check out the maximum number of books, and read them all. My aunt used to send me a selections of books each summer to help me widen my reading horizons.Here are some of my all time favorites:The Secret GardenThe Little PrincessLittle House on the Prairie seriesAll of Louisa May Alcott’s books (Little Women, Little Men, etc.)Nancy Drew mysteriesSeries of books starting with The Five Little Peppers & How They Grew.Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch.Anything by L.T. Meade (wrote between 1880-1920). The books were my grandmothers’.Sherlock Holmes storiesJules VerneA.A. MilneI am also familiar with many of the books listed because my children read them or I read to them.What about “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” ? great story and good script for young actors.
Do writers have to be well read.
Like do they need to read everything? And how many books would someone have to read to get a good understanding of novel writing so they can start writing their own one?Your opinions and info will be greatly respected, thanks :)!!!
Okay, define “well-read”.To Odin: Ghostwriters are a gift to them. You cannot convince me Snooki was half as capable as her book suggests with words.Yes, you should be ‘well-read’. You should be well-read in the sense that you are comfortable with the genre you are writing in, that you have a reasonable background in other genres, and that you’ve gotten an idea of how to pace a book and to avoid tying your plot in knots.It is essential that you read- for some of us, we read anything we can get our hands on, so it’s not an issue. You should consider taking a creative writing course, even at your local community college, to get exposure to a wide range of different kinds of writing. I mean, if you’ve only ever read James Dickey, Louisa May Alcott, and Chuck Palahniuk, you’re going to have a bit of a skewed writing style (granted that would probably be an interesting novel- Deliverance from the Fight Club for Jo’s Boys?). Instead, spread out your preferences and read anything, from any writer. Not only does it give you a perspective that you might not have considered, it will add to your voice as a writer and to your style. I even grudgingly read Twilight and The Da Vinci code, because Meyer DOES have a good story to tell, and Brown DOES have a way of interlocking plot points. Just the same, I read Chinua Achebe, Khaled Hosseini, Cormac McCarthy, and a host of other authors who have affected how I consider my words when I write.Always read- I’ve found that when I don’t read, I can’t write. I don’t quite know why, but I can’t. It’s like my wellspring dries up from a lack of rain.
I need romantic Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott quotes.
Please include the book title along with the quotes.I realize Louisa May Alcott may be a little harder to find. No worries!
Some from Jane Austen:Pride and Prejudice, chapter 34, Darcy’s first proposal: “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”Pride and Prejudice, chapter 58, Darcy’s second proposal: “As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves (my father, particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to think meanly of all the rest of the world; to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You shewed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.”Persuasion, chapter 23, Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne: “I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.”I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.”Emma, chapter 49, Mr. Knightley to Emma: “My dearest Emma,” said he, “for dearest you will always be, whatever the event of this hour’s conversation, my dearest, most beloved Emma–tell me at once. Say `No,’ if it is to be said.”– She could really say nothing.–“You are silent,” he cried, with great animation; “absolutely silent! at present I ask no more.”and he continues:”I cannot make speeches, Emma:” he soon resumed; and in a tone of such sincere, decided, intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing.–“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am.–You hear nothing but truth from me.–I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.– Bear with the truths I would tell you now, dearest Emma, as well as you have borne with them. The manner, perhaps, may have as little to recommend them. God knows, I have been a very indifferent lover.– But you understand me.–Yes, you see, you understand my feelings– and will return them if you can. At present, I ask only to hear, once to hear your voice.”For more by Jane Austen, you can search this site http://www.online-literature.com/austen/ for words and phrases.Louisa May Alcott:Little Women, chapter 46, Professor Bhaer and Jo:”Mr. Bhaer saw the drops on her cheeks, though she turned her head away. The sight seemed to touch him very much, for suddenly stooping down, he asked in a tone that meant a great deal, “Heart’s dearest, why do you cry?”Now, if Jo had not been new to this sort of thing she would have said she wasn’t crying, had a cold in her head, or told any other feminine fib proper to the occasion. Instead of which, that undignified creature answered, with an irrepressible sob, “Because you are going away.””Ach, mein Gott, that is so good!” cried Mr. Bhaer, managing to clasp his hands in spite of the umbrella and the bundles, “Jo, I haf nothing but much love to gif you. I came to see if you could care for it, and I waited to be sure that I was something more than a friend. Am I? Can you make a little place in your heart for old Fritz?” he added, all in one breath.”Oh, yes!” said Jo, and he was quite satisfied, for she folded both hands over his are, and looked up at him with..”It cut off the rest, but there is one from An Old-Fashioned Girl between Tom and Polly:”That I was in love? Well, I am, but not with her.””Oh!” and Polly caught her breath as if a dash of cold water had fallen on her, for the more in earnest Tom grew, the blunter he became.”Do you want to know the name of the girl I’ve loved for more than a year? Well, it’s Polly!” As he spoke, Tom stretched out his arms to her, with the sort of mute eloquence that cannot be resisted, and Polly went straight into them, without a word.”You can search for more here http://www.online-literature.com/alcott/ by checking for words and phrases.
Louisa May Alcott during the civil war.
How dedicated was she and family to preserving the Union?When the war began, how old was she, and did she have any men friends or relatives who volunteered for the Union army?Why did Louisa decide to help the Union cause, when did she begin to be a nurse and to care for wounded, and where was this?…
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832, the second daughter of Abigail May, women’s suffrage and abolitionist advocate, and Bronson Alcott, philosopher and education reformer. Louisa and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth, and May were educated by their father, and spent their childhood in Boston and Concord, Massachusetts.When Louisa was 10, Bronson enlisted the family in an experiment in communal living on a tract he named Fruitlands, because of its orchard. Six months of Transcendental agriculture left the Alcotts destitute, Bronson suicidal, and the Alcott marriage on the verge of dissolution. A distressed Louisa reported it all in her childhood diary.Louisa was writing for the Atlantic Monthly when the Civil War broke out. She enlisted as a nurse and went to the Union Hospital in Washington, DC in 1862. Like many other nurses, Louisa contracted typhoid fever and although she recovered, she would suffer the poisoning effects of the mercury that cured the disease for the rest of her life. Hospital Sketches was based on the letters she wrote home during that time It soon became her first bestseller.After the war, Louisa got involved with the same reform movements her mother was active in: the abolition of slavery and women’s rights. She was by then an accomplished writer, achieving wide acclaim and supporting her family financially.She began her career as an author by writing poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines. In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published.The Alcotts were staunch abolitionists, supporting complete racial equality, including intermarriage. As part of the Underground Railroad, they risked their own freedom hiding fugitive slaves.By 1858, the Alcotts were living in Concord, Massachusetts. Bronson had become friends with fellow transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose vast library Louisa frequented, and Henry David Thoreau, whom she accompanied on walks in the countryside. Margaret Fuller and Nathaniel Hawthorne were also part of the Alcotts’ social circle in New England.
Need help with the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Questions on details.
What is the first name of the four sisters father? When did the Civil War end? When Josephine won the contest for her book did they know that it was a girl writing it. How many children did Laurie and Amy have? What was the name of the Hummel Child that died of scarlet fever?
According to Wikipedia, Mr. March’s first name is Robert. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Wome… I don’t actually remember that, myself, but it makes sense. In Little Men, Jo has two sons; the second is named Teddy after Laurie, the first is named Rob (presumably after Jo’s father).Historically, the Civil War ended in April 1865.I would think they did know she was a girl, because they sent her a check which she would have to be able to cash (so it would have been made out to her). See http://www.online-literature.com/view.ph…Laurie and Amy had one daughter, Bess (from Little Men).I don’t recall the baby Hummel being named. You can check http://www.online-literature.com/alcott/… – which is where Beth talks about the baby dying.
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