August 18, 2013

One Thousand Words: Great Writers On Great Paintings

Reading is the most important part of a child’s development. Parents should focus their time when their children are young to read. They should not only focus on helping their child learn to read, but also read to the child. This will instill a love of reading for a lifetime.

Some of the best things to read with your children is poetry and plays. This allows your child to learn about different styles of writing. Poetry » Read the rest of this entry …

May 30, 2013

Not Lost In Translation: A Contemporary World Literature List

When you are someone who is invested in learning more about the world around you, you will find that there are a number of fantastic books that can help you lead the way. What should you look for when you want a contemporary view of the world through literature?

If you want something that was written in English, make sure that you consider Samuel Becket’s play, Waiting for Godot, which has a lot to say about the circles that we run in » Read the rest of this entry …

March 23, 2013

Biographies That Are As Compelling As Great Novels

Biographies that are as compelling as great novels relate the stories of interesting people whose lives contain conflict, drama and excitement. These same elements draw readers to fiction. Queen Elizabeth I’s biography, for example, reads like a novel because it contains dramatic events similar to those faced by fictional characters. Her story includes her mother’s beheading, imprisonment in the Tower of London, assassination attempts, pressure for Elizabeth to marry and produce an heir, and Elizabeth’s love for the unsuitable Sir Robert » Read the rest of this entry …

June 27, 2012

What Makes A Children’s Book A Classic?

What is a classic? Mark Twain said, “A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”

Contrary to Mark Twain’s quote it seems that a classic is literature that countless have enjoyed and found relevant. These stories have successfully found their way from one generation to the next and withstanding the test of time.

Children’s classics are wonderful stories full of adventure and memorable characters. Characters are believable » Read the rest of this entry …

November 16, 2011

Women Writers On Writing One Hundred Years Later

In the past one hundred years, there has been an influx of women writers in both American as well as British literature. There has also been an increase among international literature as well. The 20th century produced some of the most prolific female writers. These women had a large impact on the literary world. They were recognized on a scale never seen before throughout the history of literature.

These talented women include Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood, and Angela Carter, and Sylvia Plath. Virginia Woolf, who was English, is most widely known » Read the rest of this entry …

November 13, 2011

The Ideal Public Libraries And Where To Find Them

When it comes to reading, there is no single institution with more available reading material than the public library. An ideal library has reading material available for every age. The adult section is separate from the children’s area, which is divided into categories for young adults, youth and children. The diverse subject matter and media formats allows kids of all ages to select books or magazines of interest to them. From picture books to graphic novels, the ideal public library has it all. » Read the rest of this entry …

November 12, 2011

The Ten Best Online Literary And Creative Writing Magazines

It is hard to pick the ten best literary magazines if you have to choose from online and print sources. Many online literary magazines do not last any longer than their print counterparts. They need to find funding to keep the web server or hosting package up and running. Print magazines need to pay for paper.

Literary magazines do not get many advertising dollars. They have a small readership, generally, and cannot expect to take in a lot of money. Most literary magazines are attached to a university. The top ten online and » Read the rest of this entry …

September 4, 2011

Famous Novels And The Movies Made From Them

Adapting a famous book into a movie is always tricky business. Here are some film adaptations that got it right:

“Gone with the Wind’ (1939): The classic movie based on Margaret Mitchell-s classic novel is frankly considered the gold standard of book-to-screen adaptations.

“Moby Dick’ (1956): Despite other film versions of the Herman Melville book, Gregory Peck-s forceful performance as Captain Ahab created an indelible screen version of the character.

“Planet of the Apes’ (1968): Pierre Boulle-s book was filled with social commentary, which the film incorporates. But most fans remember Charlton Heston (“Get your stinking » Read the rest of this entry …

August 30, 2011

Treating Your Quiet Reading Time As Sacred

Reading, that rare moment where your mind gets to focus in on itself rather than some mundane task. Reading is a chance to let yourself fly, seek wisdom, answer questions, or go off on a really good quest. More than anything it is a chance to let yourself be free.

These little moments should be treated with the utmost priority. Find a nice soothing place, preferably quiet so you don-t get interrupted and enter a whole new world. Of course we know fully well there are other benefits to reading than just entering some fictitious world.

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August 28, 2011

How To Find A Creative Writing Class Or Coach

If you are interested in creative writing as a hobby or even as a possible career field, you may wonder if taking a creative writing class can help hone your skills. Your writing may sound great to you, but if you never let anyone else read it you won’t have any idea what your skill level is. This is why taking a creative writing class or getting a coach is a great idea. You will be able to get critiques on your work and learn how to get better.

When you are looking for a creative » Read the rest of this entry …