Quotable Quotes from The Journal of Jules Renard

The first in a new “Lost and Found” series from Tin House Books, The Journal of Jules Renard holds a number of lines bound to resonate with practicing writers. They’re not always cheerful (to say the least!), but they are there. I’ve chosen some to share with you.

Renard lived from 1864 to 1910. This edition was edited and translated by Louise Bogan and Elizabeth Roget.

And here’s some of what Renard had to say about writing:

“To write in the manner that Rodin sculpts.”

“The critic is a botanist. I am a gardener.”

“Yes, I know. All great men were unknown at first. But I am not a great man, and I should be just as pleased to be known now.”

“If the word arse appears in a sentence, even in a sublime sentence, the public will hear only that one word.”

“I have not renounced ambition. The fire still burns in me–a banked fire, but alive.”

“Writing. The most difficult part is to take hold of the pen, dip it in the ink, and hold it firm over the paper.”

“This is a notebook of abortions.”

“The arm I want to extend toward my manuscript seems to be paralyzed.”

The Wednesday Web Browser: Questions for Deborah Treisman, Wiki for Job Seekers, and Guidance for Guest Bloggers

Have a question for New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman? Ask it here. And don’t forget to check out the magazine’s new Winter Fiction Issue, which is packed with promising stuff I have yet to read!
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John Griswold (aka “Oronte Churm”) points us to a wiki for those on the academic job market in creative writing.
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Guest-blogging advice
galore on Buzz, Balls & Hype. (via The Book Publicity blog)

Good News for Web Writing and Writers

Two encouraging developments for those who write for online publications.

First, as you may have heard, the Pulitzer Prizes will henceforth “allow entries made up entirely of online content to be submitted in all 14 Pulitzer journalism categories.” That’s in addition to the wider statement that the prizes “have been expanded to include many text-based newspapers and news organizations that publish only on the Internet.” Check out the full announcement here.

And there’s more good news. I’ve recently started making my way through the latest Best American Short Stories volume. Being me, I began reading right at the beginning, with series editor Heidi Pitlor’s foreword. Which is where I learned that starting with its next volume, BASS will consider short stories published in online publications, too. It’s true! See the notes on the selection process posted here.