Mark Twain-Father of American Literature

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say. ~Mark Twain

Did you know that Mark Twain was an avid scrapbooker? He also patented his design of “self adhesive” scrapbooks in 1872. If you ever find yourself in Connecticut you can visit his house/museum and learn more about this amazing author.

I love learning pieces of history which is probably another reason I love to write. Research. When you’re writing an article those little pieces make the difference between a boring read and an interesting one. That’s why in my travels I always pick up the literature and watch the movie at the visitors center. You never know how those tidbits will creep into your writing.

Today, spend about an hour researching a topic you’d love to write about. After you’re done with the research…brainstorm…how many different articles could you potentially write about with your hour of research time? It may surprise you. Now get back to work!


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7 Replies to “Mark Twain-Father of American Literature”

  1. I always knew you had good taste – I often say that Twain was the first writer I ever fell in love with. I visited New England in 1997, and the highlight was touring his Hartford house and hearing all the “behind-the-scene” stories.
    I’ve got one of those scrapbooks someone found in an antique store and gave me. I may make it into an altered book – unless that would be desecrating a rare artifact (probably not!).
    Also, have you read Ron Powers’ biography? It’s one of the best biographies I’ve ever read.

  2. wow, Rhonda that’s so cool that you have one of his scrapbooks…I’d LOVE to see it some day! I’m not too sure they are rare but I’ve never seen one, but I think I recall reading they were sold through the Sears Roebuck catalogue. I have not read Ron Powers’ biography but I’m going to add it to my reading list.

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