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Friday, July 22, 2022

'Write Whatever You Imagine'


“The one thing emphasized in any creative writing course is 'write what you know,' and that automatically drives a wooden stake through the heart of imagination. If they really understood the mysterious process of creating fiction, they would say, 'You can write about anything you can imagine.'” – Tom Robbins

Born on this day in 1932, Robbins grew up (as he puts it) “as a hillbilly” in the mountains of North Carolina, the grandson of two Baptist preachers who he said were “mightily influential” in his development as a storyteller.

In addition to Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (both a bestseller and a highly popular movie) Robbins is the author of 8 novels, numerous short stories, many essays and several screenplays.  In 2000, Robbins was named one of the 100 Best Writers  
 of the 20th Century by Writer's Digest magazine.   In 2012, Robbins received the Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia.   

Even at age 90 Robbins maintains a regular writing schedule.  “Sometimes my muse sees fit to join me there (in his 'writing space') and sometimes she doesn't, but she always knows where I'll be. She doesn't need to go hunting in the taverns or on the beach or drag the boulevard looking for me.” 


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