INTERESTING AND NOT SO WELL-KNOWN FACTS
ABOUT WELL-KNOWN AUTHORS:
WAS A HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUT AND AN ALCOHOLIC. HE WROTE SOUTHERN GOTHIC LITERATURE BASED ON HIS MYTHOLOGICAL ANCESTORS. HE WON A PULITZER PRIZE IN LITERATURE.
WAS AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS LONG BEFORE IT WAS POPULAR. SHE CHALLENGED THE STRICT SEXUAL MORALS OF HER ERA AND HAD SEVERAL AFFAIRS WITH WOMEN. SHE DID SUFFER FROM MENTAL ILLNESS AND EVENTUALLY COMMITTED SUICIDE.
WROTE ABOUT THE DIRTY AND IMPOVERISHED SLUMS IN WHICH HE GREW UP. THUS THE ADJECTIVE "DICKENSIAN" CAME ABOUT DESCRIBING SUCH LIVING CONDITIONS. HE QUICKLY ROSE TO FAME AND FORTUNE WITH THE PUBLICATION OF HIS BOOKS.
WROTE THE BOOK, FRANKENSTEIN WHEN SHE WAS ONLY 18 AND IT WAS PUBLISHED TWO YEARS LATER. SHE HAD AN AFFAIR WITH PERCY SHELLEY AND THEY LATER MARRIED AFTER THE SUICIDE OF HIS WIFE.
WORKED FOR TWO YEARS AT THE OXFORD DICTIONARY. KNOWN WORDS FOR HIM ARE 'WALRUS' AND 'WAGGLE'. HE COULD READ BY THE AGE OF 4 AND WRITE FLUENTLY SHORTLY AFTER. HIS FATHER DIED WHEN JRR WAS 4 AND AT AGE 12 HIS MOTHER DIED.
SO WHAT ARE WE AS NEW INDEPENDENT AUTHORS TO LEARN FROM THESE FACTS?
1. Never give up.
2. Write from your heart and imagination.
3. Though we might have behaviors or habits not acceptable by society, we can still be accomplished writers.
4. Even if we might be alcoholic we may well still have the gift of writing.
5. High school or college education in themselves may not make you a great writer.