Friday, February 20, 2009

For those of you who think being a writer is too hard...

...this thoughtful post over at agent Kristin Nelson's blog about the gifted Irish writer Christopher Nolan should be enough to give you a much-needed reality check.

Nolan, who won the Whitbread Award in 1988 for the extraordinary memoir Under the Eye of the Clock, suffered from a debilitating form of cerebral palsy. Christopher Nolan died today at the very young age of 43.

3 comments:

DebraLSchubert said...

Beautiful, inspiring story. Writing is not hard - it is a gift, pure and simple. Thanks for sharing this.;-)

Ann Victor said...

Yes, I've just read the post over at Kristein Nelson's blog & it's inspiring.

Sort of on topic. Did you read the article posted by Nephele tempest on her blog linking to Jason Epstein's keynote speech at a conference on the future of publishing?

In it he says "My own strong belief, however, is that distinguished fiction and non fiction -- what the heirs of Faulkner, Nabokov and Mailer create -- will continue to be written by highly specialized individuals struggling at their desks in deep seclusion..."

Here's the link to the full speech that Nephele posted: http://toc.oreilly.com/2009/02/full-text-of-jason-epsteins-to.html

I found it an exciting post in many ways, for example, the act of writing has been made easier by technology (which is part of why agents are suddenly experiencing an upsurge in query letters), but the act of creation still requires the dedication of writers like Nolan.

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damn. That's pretty sad and a real eye-opener.