Geoffroy Tory was a French Renaissance humanist who is best known as a theorist of–yes–roman capital letters. His Champfleury (1529) spells out how letters should be formed and introduces accents, the bane of all beginning learners of French. For the curious, accents did not appear consistently in French until well until the late 17th and early 18th century.
When I am not teaching, I am often hard at work putting my own letters on the page. Fortunately, I usually write my articles and books in English so I don’t have to worry about circumflexes, grave or acute accents, and cedillas!
A few resources continued to be wonderfully inspirational as I put my writing time in. Highly recommended!
Dr. Wicked’s Write or Die: A dream come true for the masochist writer (hey, wait, aren’t most writers masochist anyway?) A great way to get your word quota in on days when inspiration is flagging.
And then there’s Elizabeth Gilbert’s interview on TED about why we should shake the notion of creative genius as an internal force. Quotable quote: “The hell with it, I’m going to keep writing anyway, because that’s my job. And I would like the record to reflect today that I showed up for my part of the job.”
Finally, there are my marvelous beta-readers. I have two primary ones who read and reread every word I write plus two or three more who read the smoother drafts. And somehow, in the process, some magical things happen.
What are your writing resources? I’m always looking for new inspiration!