Dona Munker: Writing a Biography

      ~ Writing a Biography ~
      STALKING THE ELEPHANT
      About Writing Biography and Imagining a Life

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?
    Managing the Writing Life, 2: THE DIGITAL DIMENSION

    September 22, 2011

    Tags: Charles J. Shields, Blogging and Social Media

    What's the best idea you've had for coping with a major challenge of the writing life?

      "WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?" invites experienced biographers and narrative nonfiction writers to hold forth, in an article or just in a couple of sentences, on some useful solution they've found for coping with any major challenge of the writing life. What works for you? Share it with the rest of us by posting a comment below.

        Charles J. Shields on Blogging

            Most publishers these days want authors to cultivate an online presence to attract readers (a "platform," in publishing jargon). (more…)

        WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?
          Managing the Writing Life, 1: The Daily Grind

          July 31, 2011

          Tags: Charles J. Shields, Good ideas, The writing life

          What's the best idea you've had for coping with a major challenge of the writing life?

            "WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?" invites experienced biographers and narrative nonfiction writers to hold forth, whether in an article or just a couple of sentences, on the most useful solution they've found for coping with one major challenge of the writing life. What works for you? Share it with the rest of us by posting a comment below.

              Charles J. Shields: "Chop Wood, Carry Water."

                  A student seeking enlightenment asks the master, "How shall I go about it?"
                  The master answers, "Chop wood, carry water."
                  "And then when I achieve enlightenment—what then?"
                  "Chop wood, carry water."

              I take this advice to mean that there's nothing but the work. I find I can't (more…)


                  The disciple of a famous sculptor came upon his master carving an elephant from a huge, shapeless chunk of stone. "Master," cried the disciple, "What splendor! What realism! What insight! How do you do it?" "Simple," replied the sculptor. "You just cut away everything that isn't elephant."

                  Stalking the Elephant is a blog about creating an elephant from a chunk of stone, a.k.a. writing a biography.

                  It's also about the biographer's writing life (well, mine, anyway) and a work in progress, SARA AND ERSKINE, AN AMERICAN ROMANCE. This is an intimate reconstruction of the life of SARA BARD FIELD, a World War One-era minister's wife, suffragist, and poet, and her extraordinary affair with an outspoken attorney, philosophical anarchist, and Renaissance man CHARLES ERSKINE SCOTT WOOD.

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