Valentine’s Day for Writers

Posted on 14 February 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day. You’re a writer, so clearly you need some love advice, right? Well, you can start by turning to the love lessons learned in The Bell Jar, The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre, and others. You’ll learn not to idealize your partner, to avoid manipulators, and that the problem person in the relationship just might be you.

Or might I suggest celebrating Valentine’s Day in a more novel way, like visiting the home of a person you once loved and walking away rather than tainting the memory (The Age of Innocence), or sobbing over having to kill your lover because he contracted rabies (Their Eyes Were Watching God)? You’re welcome.

Maybe reading an entire book doesn’t fit your schedule today, and you’d rather get your romance in under 140 characters. If so, then check out these literary pickup lines. “I’d like to tilt at your windmill. Hubba hubba” and “I’m so going to tame your shrew” are pretty much foolproof.

If all else fails, Flavorwire has 30 literary quotes that just might get you laid. Why don’t you go out and try one of these — “I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees” (Neruda); “I require only three things of a man. He must be handsome, ruthless and stupid” (Dorothy Parker); and “Stuff me in a tutu and let’s screen experimental videos all day” (Sam Lipsyte) — and let me know how it goes.

Don’t look now, but I think Hemingway is checking you out.


6 responses to Valentine’s Day for Writers

  • Tricia says:

    laughter: more seductive than dark chocolate truffles (even the ones with hazelnut filling)

  • Lyra says:

    “Stuff me in a tutu…” You had me at hello.
    That line is classic for Valentine’s day.

  • Averil says:

    Hemingway, you sweet talker.

  • Josey says:

    happy (belated) valentine’s day.

    i have a thing for nora ephron’s heartburn. it’s one of those books that i love the movie just as much. and it’s a great love story in its own realistic way. add carly simon’s ‘coming around again’ and you don’t even need flowers or a heart-shaped box of sugar.

  • As a single person and a writer, I need LOTS of love advice. Somehow, I don’t think stuffing myself in a tutu is the answer to my problems. But the image of Hemingway? I always knew he was a bad boy. I like him better for this.

  • Catherine says:

    What a killer, Nabakov.

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