Great quote from John Irving on writing


I started listening to¬†Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving over the weekend. It’s a sort of memoir / sort of short story collection from the great writer. I absolutely loved the first passage, because it matches how I view writing so well, so I thought I’d share it.

This is a memoir, but please understand that (to any writer with a good imagination) all memoirs are false. A fiction writer’s memory is an especially imperfect provider of detail; we can always imagine a better detail than the one we can remember. The correct detail is rarely, exactly, what happened; the most truthful detail is what could have happened or what should have. Half my life is an act of revision; more than half the act is performed with small changes. Being a writer is a strenuous marriage between careful observation and just as carefully imagining the truths you haven’t had the opportunity to see. The rest is the necessary, strict toiling with the language; for me this means writing and rewriting the sentences until they sound as spontaneous as good conversation.

– from Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving


Tip for Readers: Audible audiobooks and Whispersync

AudibleAmazon bought Audible several years ago, but only in the past year or so have I been seeing the true benefit of this purchase to the reader. I don’t think everyone is aware of it, so I thought I’d let you know. This benefit applies to Kindle-owners.

Disclaimer 1: I am in no way affiliated with Amazon or Audible.

Disclaimer 2: I know Amazon is the “evil empire” to some for a variety of reasons. I fully support independent booksellers as well. That said, I do find the feature I’m about to describe valuable.

So here’s the deal. It’s actually quite simple. Now that Amazon owns Audible, you do not have to have a separate Audible membership to purchase audiobooks from them. Simply log in to Audible’s site using your Amazon credentials. Continue reading