To Write A Wrong

Blog for writers, by writers. Think of it as inspiration.

American Psycho. Ish.

On this day in 1953 Mary Harron was born. Harron is a Canadian screen writer, probably most noted for her work directing American Psycho. She was chosen over many high profile male directors by the production company because she was a woman (slightly sexist, but oh well). They did this due to the nature of the film and the violence portrayed against woman in the film. It paid off, though, and American Psycho hacked and slashed it’s way into DVD collections around the world.

How Writers have Changed The World (Outside of Writing)

On this day in 1903, Alan Stewart Paton was born. Before he became a notable South African writer, he was principal at the Diepkloof Reformatory for young offenders. He decided to take the school in a more progressive direction, changing the policies to allows open dormitories, outside work permits and home visitation. It just goes to show that writers can turn their compassion into other forms of charity in the world.

On this day in 1953

Archibald MacLeish was awarded the Bollingen Prize for poetry, along with William Carlos Williams. While MacLeish is often remembered for his writing, he also served as the Librarian of Congress. Under his office, he was able to update the library with a greater number of books and increase the organization. He used what he learned during WWII, when he helped create the Research and Analysis Branch, or, as it is better know today, the CIA.

On this day in 1936

Anne Rivers Siddons was born. Since her first novel was published in 1976, she has gone on to publish 19 novels (one of which was non-fiction) and had two film adaptations of her novels. She apparently got her best work out of the way early, her first novel, Heart Break Hotel, was the inspiration for the film Heart of Dixie, and her second novel, The House Next Door, has been called one of the finest works in American Horror by none other than master of horror himself, Stephen King.

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.

—Virginia Woolf

Sorry for the lack of posts these last months

I was busy making sure I graduated and all. Now that I have, I promise to post more often. To help me keep this promise, I have decided to post a daily post about something related to writing from that day in history. it may be a writers birth, or death, or the publication of a book, etc….and to start it off:

A Clockwork Orange was published on this day in 1962. The British satire follows the life of anti-hero Alex. The book would go on to be banned in several high schools around the US for the violence displayed. The original version of the text had 21 chapters, but when the novel crossed the pond to the United States, the US publisher omitted the final chapter, feeling that the redemption at the end would not read as well to an American audience. Therefore, the novel ends with Alex succumbing to his violent ways. the Stanley Kubrick film of the same name does not recognize the original final chapter, and thus ends the same as the American version.

Calvin and Hobbes…is there any better way to learn what writing means?

Calvin and Hobbes…is there any better way to learn what writing means?