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Seven tips from Roald Dahl

Posted by maribel on 25/04/2017

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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More features a short extract called Lucky Break, in which Roald Dahl explains how he came to be a writer. It also includes seven tips from Roald on the qualities he thought necessary to anyone wanting to make a living out of writing fiction. They were:

  1. “You should have a lively imagination.”
  2. “You should be able to write well. By that I mean you should be able to make a scene come alive in the reader’s mind. Not everybody has this ability. It is a gift and you either have it or you don’t.”
  3. “You must have stamina. In other words, you must be able to stick to what you are doing and never give up, for hour after hour, day after day, week after week and month after month.”
  4. “You must be a perfectionist. That means you must never be satisfied with what you have written until you have rewritten it again and again, making it as good as you possibly can.”
  5. “You must have strong self-discipline. You are working alone. No one is employing you. No one is around to give you the sack if you don’t turn up for work, or to tick you off if you start slacking.”
  6. “It helps a lot if you have a keen sense of humour. This is not essential when writing for grown-ups, but for children, it’s vital.”
  7. “You must have a degree of humility. The writer who thinks that his work is marvellous is heading for trouble.”

Source: http://www.roalddahl.com/create-and-learn/write/roald-dahl-on-writing

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What Klee Was Doing In March 1916

Posted by maribel on 14/11/2016

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Paul Klee was a prolific Swiss and German artist best known for his large body of work, influenced by cubism, expressionism and surrealism. He was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored color theory. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and also his musicality. Klee taught art in Germany until 1933, when the National Socialists declared his work indecent. The Klee family ed to Switzerland, where Paul Klee died on June 29, 1940.

Donald Barthelme’s “Engineer-Private Paul Klee Misplaces an Aircraft between Milbertshofen and Cambrai, March 1916”

The Diaries of Paul Klee, March 1916

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