heres some cool fact stuff maybe you didnt ever know bout books and authors.
could you believe when youre reading a book for every 8 letters you read one of them is the letter “e”
an author named ernest vincent in 1939 wrote a 50,000 word novel called gadsby and guess what? it didnt have not one letter “e” in the whole book. yikes! how weird is that!
a french author named michel thaler published a 233 page novel called le train de nulle part (the nowhere train) and didnt use not even one verb in it. he said verbs are like weeds among flowers and should be taken out. ack!
samuel clemens got using the name mark twain when he was just 27. he got it from how a mississippi river boat measured how deep the water is with a stone tied to a rope cause of so much sand bars. when "mark twain!" got called out it meant they hit the critical mark for the paddle wheel of two fathoms. twain is old english for the number two.
we got taught not to do run on sentences. right? well in the book les miserables the author victor hugo did one sentence thats 823 words long! yikes! for sure you could need oxygen if you got reading that out loud. ha ha.
but guess what? when victor hugo did his query letter to his editor he just wrote “?” wow thats getting to the point real fast. and guess what the editor wrote back? his answer was “!” wow how cool is that! dont you wish querying was that easy.
william shakespeare could write neat words for sure but did you know in his writing he made up lots of words. bet you didnt know he made up all these words and phrases: hurry, boredom, disgraceful, hostile, moneys worth, obscene, puke, perplex, on purpose, shooting star, sneak. puke? ack!
we all complain bout so much revising. when there was no computers or copy machines leo tolstoy wrote that loooooooong huge book called war and peace all with a pen and paper and he did seven revisions! and guess who copied his whole ms seven times by hand. his wife! now thats love for sure!
got a writers quirk? charles dickens had to be facing north before he could write even one word.
cant wait to get your wip done? it took noah webster 36 years to write his first dictionary.
ok thats enough cool fact stuff for now. but i gotta tell you im not done yet cause next week i got more neat stuff bout books and authors and guess what? im gonna tell you the 10 most read books ever. wow how cool is that!
so how do you like this fact stuff? could you guess what the top most book ever read is?
...hugs from lenny