Writer’s Lift Wednesday #31

This is a writersliftwednesday blog, sharing the works of fellow writers, poets, artists and persons random. All re-blogs will be linked appropriately to their authors and creators.

Writing is no easy calling and nothing easy was ever worth doing. Support each other by sharing, liking and commenting.

(1) “If Books Are Retitled Honestly,” I want this list to be so much longer…the potential for funny is endless. Feel free to contribute in the comments!

(2) “burn all your troubles…”

(3) “Authors Affecting Authors,” inspiring in its own right.

Christina Schmidt, MA

1. “If Books Are Retitled Honestly,” via The Avocado

I think of doing something a little bit fun regarding books here in the Avocado. And what better is playing a game of making jokes about the books we all know.

The thread is simple: all you have to do is say the title of the books honestly based on the plot or the reception it receives (example on the latter include how The Great Gatsby is mostly read as a high school assignment). Here are also some rules of posting:

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[I would add the title remake for Catcher In The Rye is brilliant; I know it’s a classic but that doesn’t mean I’m required to enjoy it. When it comes to deciding what to read, an honest title would save people so much time.]

2. “Moon Ritual,” by L. Stevens via Everyday Strange

light a blaze

burn all your troubles

the full moon’s

watchful eye

witnesses a luminous


3. “Authors Affecting Authors,” by Dave Astor via Dave Astor on Literature

All authors are influenced by other authors, whether that influence is conscious or unconscious. Most writers are not plagiarists, of course, but their reading of other writers has an impact — often manifested in their early work before developing a more original voice.

One of the most famous quotes about authorial influence was Dostoyevsky supposedly saying, “We all come out from Gogol’s Overcoat.” Fyodor was referring to Nikolai Gogol’s nightmarishly great 1842 short story “The Overcoat,” which had an effect on some of the legendary 19th-century Russian authors whose prime writing days would follow. A group that of course included Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, and Anton Chekhov.

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