Judging by many of the writers I follow on Twitter, getting down to work is the hardest part of the job for them, and staying at work comes a close second. As we touched on this subject the other day with Ann Patchett's productivity trip, I was interested - and amused - this morning to see this piece about various writerly 'carrots and sticks'.
Rowan Pelling writes, " ... while in real life only 4 per cent of the population of Europe have red hair, in novels 75 per cent of heroines are flame-tressed, because this is apparently the best way to suggest a female character is spirited and idiosyncratic." I have a flame-tressed daughter ... 'spirited' is right.
Mark the Diamond Jubilee in poetry by exploring '60 years in 60 poems' through sound recordings and film footage at Jubileelines. Beginning with Dan Stevens reading Winged Back by Dannie Abse (1953), you can choose to hear each poem read or read the text yourself, click on the arrow pointing right to see pictures, then click on them for sound or film, go back and scroll down for more years of the Queen's reign represented in poetry.