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I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
– Stephen King

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
– Ernest Hemingway…

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Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Of Human Bondage

I finished reading the book ‘Of Human Bondage’ by Somerset Maugham. It uses the character of Philip to demonstrate how human beings ever after birth gets bonded by  his/her uncontrolled emotions and prejudices. 616 more words

A Thought

Why medicine is good training for writing fiction

What a conspicuous omission by not mentioning Percy in this article. Here is an extract from my forthcoming paper.

With Percy’s medical training echoing in the deep background, he took the view that the novelist is a diagnostician, “a literary clinician” so to speak, identifying “the particular lesion of the age.” Percy extends the analogy by going on to say that “the artist’s work in such times is surely not that of the pathologist whose subject matter is a corpse and whose question is not ‘What is wrong?’ but ‘What did the patient die of?’” (Percy 1991, 206). 197 more words

Philosophical Literature

Author's Quote -Somerset Maugham

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”

This will probably be my favorite quote of all time.


CAKES AND ALE (1930) by W. Somerset Maugham

Late in life, Somerset Maugham claimed that this was the favourite among his novels and it is easy to see why, with its wit and provocative themes handled with consummate skill. 800 more words



THE MAGICIAN – During Halloween Season a few years back Balladeer’s Blog reviewed the 1926 silent movie adaptation of The Magician. This time around I’ll review the original Somerset Maugham novel from 1908. 627 more words

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To Write Simply Is As Difficult As To Be Good

To write simply is as difficult as to be good.

~ Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)
British playwright, novelist, short story writer

 Related: Easy Reading Is Damn Hard Writing

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