Lisa Reads: Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors

Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors

by Sarah Stodola
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23740509-process
The “Reader’s Digest version” of this book review is that I like it. I spent a couple of weeks listening to it as I went to sleep. (Did you know that Amazon Echo can read Kindle books aloud? It can’t read EVERYTHING, and sometimes the pronunciation is a little bit strange, but it is most definitely understandable.)
Anyhow, Sarah Stodola wrote mini-biographies of about 20 writers. The list included:
Franz Kafka
Toni Morrison
David Foster Wallace
Richard Price
Edith Wharton
George Orwell
Virginia Woolf
Vladimir Nabakov
Salman Rushdie
Joan Didion
Jack Kerouac
Ernest Hemingway
James Joyce
Junot Diaz
F Scott Fitzgerald
Philip Roth
Margaret Atwood
and Zadie Smith
Some of these authors I thoroughly enjoy. It was a treat to learn about them and relearn what I forgot. Some of the authors were the kind that made me promise myself to never read again, but learning about their process made me think that I should possibly, maybe consider rethinking that.
The most important tidbits were in the sections detailing the processes that each author took to create a book. Some approaches were detailed and analytical. Some were chaotic and very much “off-the-cuff.” Some produced massive amounts of words in spurts, while James Joyce is reported to have said that he accomplished writing seven words, but wasn’t certain what order to put them in.
After listening to this book I realized that the process isn’t the point. I just need to get the words WRITTEN. I am a writer, not just a talker-abouter or ponderer. Once the words are written, I can figure out how to manage the rest: editing, rewriting, handing it to beta-readers, etc.

 

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News Break – Planned Parenthood drops suit


In today’s News:

Planned Parenthood drops suit 

Planned Parenthood of Arizona has dropped its lawsuit against Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, which sought to have several state regulations on abortion overturned. The suit challenged laws which mandated only physicians commit abortions, banned abortion pills dispensed via telemedicine, and required women to have an ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion. Despite dropping the suit, the abortion business is still pressing judges to overturn the laws. In addition, the organization announced on Oct. 24 the resignation of Bryan Howard, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Howard spent 36 years working for the abortion chain, 23 of which were with Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Howard had previously complained about ultrasound legislation, noting that it has led to fewer abortions being committed, meaning women have “had their life substantially disrupted.” He also falsely claimed to provide prenatal care, and opposed legislation banning discriminatory abortions committed based on the race or sex of the child.

Black pro-life leaders tell Planned Parenthood to leave 

Black pro-life leaders are telling the Planned Parenthood abortion chain to get out of their neighborhoods and stop targeting black women and unborn babies. The National Black Pro-Life Coalition recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, accusing the abortion chain of decades of racial discrimination, One News Now reports. Planned Parenthood itself recently admitted that its founder, Margaret Sanger, held eugenics beliefs “rooted in racism, ableism and classism” and removed her name from its New York City facility. Hundreds of Planned Parenthood employees also accused its leaders of racism earlier this year. Lori Hoye of the Issues4Life Foundation said the abortion chain needs to do more than just disavow its founder. Though abortions hurt families of every race and culture, statistics indicate that abortions disproportionately hurt the African-American community. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have about 40 percent of all abortions.

Malagasy Lutherans choose a new leader

On Nov. 5, the Malagasy Lutheran Church elected the Rev. Dr. Denis Rakotozafy to serve as its new president. The vote came during the church’s 23rd synodical conference held Nov. 4-8, which gathered under the theme: “and increase the harvest of your righteousness…” (2 Corinthians 9:10).

Same-sex marriage ban overturned 

Nevada voters overturned a ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first state to recognize gay couples’ right to marry in its constitution. The right to same-sex marriage was one four new amendments to the state constitution, which also included a voters’ bill of rights and a renewable energy mandate.

News Break – Planned Parenthood drops suit


In today’s News:

Planned Parenthood drops suit 

Planned Parenthood of Arizona has dropped its lawsuit against Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, which sought to have several state regulations on abortion overturned. The suit challenged laws which mandated only physicians commit abortions, banned abortion pills dispensed via telemedicine, and required women to have an ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion. Despite dropping the suit, the abortion business is still pressing judges to overturn the laws. In addition, the organization announced on Oct. 24 the resignation of Bryan Howard, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Howard spent 36 years working for the abortion chain, 23 of which were with Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Howard had previously complained about ultrasound legislation, noting that it has led to fewer abortions being committed, meaning women have “had their life substantially disrupted.” He also falsely claimed to provide prenatal care, and opposed legislation banning discriminatory abortions committed based on the race or sex of the child.

Black pro-life leaders tell Planned Parenthood to leave 

Black pro-life leaders are telling the Planned Parenthood abortion chain to get out of their neighborhoods and stop targeting black women and unborn babies. The National Black Pro-Life Coalition recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, accusing the abortion chain of decades of racial discrimination, One News Now reports. Planned Parenthood itself recently admitted that its founder, Margaret Sanger, held eugenics beliefs “rooted in racism, ableism and classism” and removed her name from its New York City facility. Hundreds of Planned Parenthood employees also accused its leaders of racism earlier this year. Lori Hoye of the Issues4Life Foundation said the abortion chain needs to do more than just disavow its founder. Though abortions hurt families of every race and culture, statistics indicate that abortions disproportionately hurt the African-American community. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have about 40 percent of all abortions.

Malagasy Lutherans choose a new leader

On Nov. 5, the Malagasy Lutheran Church elected the Rev. Dr. Denis Rakotozafy to serve as its new president. The vote came during the church’s 23rd synodical conference held Nov. 4-8, which gathered under the theme: “and increase the harvest of your righteousness…” (2 Corinthians 9:10).

Same-sex marriage ban overturned 

Nevada voters overturned a ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first state to recognize gay couples’ right to marry in its constitution. The right to same-sex marriage was one four new amendments to the state constitution, which also included a voters’ bill of rights and a renewable energy mandate.

Daily Chapel – Rev. Peter Ill on Acts 21:1-16

Rev. Peter Ill gives today’s sermon based on Acts 21:1-16. This is a rebroadcast from November 11, 2019.

Today we pray for Anton Lutz who serves the Lord in Papua New Guinea. Read his story and how to support his work at lcms.org/anton.lutz. Find your opportunity to serve at servenow.lcms.org.


>> The broadcast of chapel services is brought to you by LCMS International Mission and Ministry to Armed Forces.
>> Learn more at international.lcms.org and lcms.org/armedforces.


Tune in weekdays at 10:00 a.m. CT to hear daily chapel services from the LCMS International Center. Find service information including the lectionary, hymn, and homilist for the day at kfuo.org/daily-chapel-schedule.

Daily Chapel – Rev. Peter Ill on Acts 21:1-16

Rev. Peter Ill gives today’s sermon based on Acts 21:1-16. This is a rebroadcast from November 11, 2019.

Today we pray for Anton Lutz who serves the Lord in Papua New Guinea. Read his story and how to support his work at lcms.org/anton.lutz. Find your opportunity to serve at servenow.lcms.org.


>> The broadcast of chapel services is brought to you by LCMS International Mission and Ministry to Armed Forces.
>> Learn more at international.lcms.org and lcms.org/armedforces.


Tune in weekdays at 10:00 a.m. CT to hear daily chapel services from the LCMS International Center. Find service information including the lectionary, hymn, and homilist for the day at kfuo.org/daily-chapel-schedule.

Law and Gospel — Sunday’s Lectionary: 1 Thessalonians 15:20-28

Pastor Baker discusses theological distinctions between Law & Gospel.

Today’s topic of discussion is Sunday’s Lectionary for Series A of the Three Year Lectionary.

Festival: Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28)
1st Reading: Zephaniah 1:7-16
Psalm: Psalm 90:1-12
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 15:20-28
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30


Learn more about Pastor Tom Baker’s Law & Gospel at lawandgospel101.com.

Law and Gospel — Sunday’s Lectionary: 1 Thessalonians 15:20-28

Pastor Baker discusses theological distinctions between Law & Gospel.

Today’s topic of discussion is Sunday’s Lectionary for Series A of the Three Year Lectionary.

Festival: Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28)
1st Reading: Zephaniah 1:7-16
Psalm: Psalm 90:1-12
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 15:20-28
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30


Learn more about Pastor Tom Baker’s Law & Gospel at lawandgospel101.com.