Last week I posted about my desk which brought me to thinking of other writers’ desks which then led me to the idea of posting a series of famous writers’ desks.
I used to be addicted to David Lodge‘s writing. I loved his sense of humor and I suppose, because I was in academia, I ‘got’ how he satirized academic life in such novels as Changing Places and Small World.
Small World and Nice Work were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Lodge‘s novels cover a range of other topics: for example, the world of business in Nice Work, the world of television in Therapy, and deafness and Alzheimer’s disease in Deaf Sentence.
Author, Author is based on the life of Henry James and A Man of Parts on that of H.G. Wells.
Here’s his office. Don’t you just envy the spaciousness of it?
Photographer: Eamonn McCabe
Look at his chair. It looks like it might belong in outer space. Well, then, again, it is David Lodge.
Here are two of his quotes on writing:
“What do we mean – it is a common term of praise – when we say that a book is “original”? Not, usually, that the writer has invented something without precedent, but that she has made us “perceive” what we already, in a conceptual sense, “know”, by deviating from the conventional, habitual ways of representing reality. Defamiliarization, in short, is another word for “originality”. I shall have recourse to it again in these glances at the art of fiction.”
― David Lodge, The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts
It’s so true that the creative juices dry up. We’ve got to exercise that writing muscle.
How do you keep your creative juices from drying up?