Having just finished reading “Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted” by Andrew Wilson (a well recommended read for any woman who a) loves reading, b) loves writing, or c) has experience with mental illness), I feel like my writer’s block should be lifted.
Throughout the book, Wilson describes when and why Sylvia had written her short stories and poems, as well as when she begins to collate ideas together for her novel “The Bell Jar” (another recommended read, as it is practically an autobiography). Sylvia wrote a lot, received rejection letters a lot and got published a lot. She mainly wrote about relationships, mental illness, and herself.
The Bell Jar is one of my favourite books and when reading her ‘before’ story by Wilson, I kept noticing several things that she did which must have helped her achieve so much with her writing:
After reading her story I fully intend to try out and stick to some of her techniques, as well as re-reading The Bell Jar. She acquired a lot of wisdom in her 30 years, and even over 50 years later we are still reading her work – so I think any writer can learn a little from her.
Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.
Do you have a particular author that inspires you? Let me know in the comments below!