The Writing Life

The Writing Life
Author: Annie Dillard
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0061863823
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Release: 2009-10-13
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

One Year to a Writing Life

One Year to a Writing Life
Author: Susan M. Tiberghien
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780786750429
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Release: 2007-09-07
Editor: Da Capo Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Whether you are a writer of fiction or essays, or want to explore poetry or memoir, Tiberghien's twelve fundamental lessons will help you discover and develop your own distinct voice. Tiberghien's inventive exercises focus on the processes unique to each genre, while also offering skills applicable to any kind of writing, from authentic dialogue to masterful short-shorts. With vivid examples from literary masters such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Eduardo Galeano, May Sarton, Terry Tempest Williams, and Orhan Pamuk, One Year to a Writing Life is an essential guidebook of exercises, practical advice, and wisdom for anyone looking to embrace, explore, and implement creativity in everyday life.

The Writing Life

The Writing Life
Author: Marie Arana
Pages: 404
ISBN: UOM:39015060353599
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Release: 2003-05-08
Editor: Public Affairs
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Compiles ten years of essays from 55 writers, including Ray Bradbury, Stanley Karnow, and John Edgar Wideman, discussing how they write and where their ideas come from.

Draft No 4

Draft No  4
Author: John McPhee
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780374712396
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Release: 2017-09-05
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer’s craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. In one essay, he considers the delicate art of getting sources to tell you what they might not otherwise reveal. In another, he discusses how to use flashback to place a bear encounter in a travel narrative while observing that “readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone’s bones.” The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising—and revising, and revising. Draft No. 4 is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and recalls his early years at Time magazine. Throughout, Draft No. 4 is enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world.

Welcome to the Writer s Life

Welcome to the Writer s Life
Author: Paulette Perhach
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781632171535
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Release: 2018-08-14
Editor: Sasquatch Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Learn how to take your work to the next level with this informative guide on the craft, business, and lifestyle of writing With warmth and humor, Paulette Perhach welcomes you into the writer’s life as someone who has once been on the outside looking in. Like a freshman orientation for writers, this book includes an in-depth exploration of all the elements of being a writer—from your writing practice to your reading practice, from your writing craft to the all-important and often-overlooked business of writing. In Welcome to the Writer’s Life, you will learn how to tap into the powers of crowdsourcing and social media to grow your writing career. Perhach also unpacks the latest research on success, gamification, and lifestyle design, demonstrating how you can use these findings to further improve your writing projects. Complete with exercises, tools, checklists, infographics, and behind-the-scenes tips from working writers of all types, this book offers everything you need to jump-start a successful writing life.

The Maytrees

The Maytrees
Author: Annie Dillard
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0061809748
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Release: 2009-10-13
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Toby Maytree first sees Lou Bigelow on her bicycle in postwar Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her laughter and loveliness catch his breath. Maytree is a Provincetown native, an educated poet of thirty. As he courts Lou, just out of college, her stillness draws him. Hands-off, he hides his serious wooing, and idly shows her his poems. In spare, elegant prose, Dillard traces the Maytrees' decades of loving and longing. They live cheaply among the nonconformist artists and writers that the bare tip of Cape Cod attracts. When their son Petie appears, their innocent Bohemian friend Deary helps care for him. But years later it is Deary who causes the town to talk. In this moving novel, Dillard intimately depicts willed bonds of loyalty, friendship, and abiding love. She presents nature's vastness and nearness. Warm and hopeful, The Maytrees is the surprising capstone of Dillard's original body of work.

A Writer s Book of Days

A Writer s Book of Days
Author: Judy Reeves
Pages: 272
ISBN: 1577313127
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Release: 2010-08-10
Editor: New World Library
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

First published a decade ago, A Writer's Book of Days has become the ideal writing coach for thousands of writers. Newly revised, with new prompts, up-to-date Web resources, and more useful information than ever, this invaluable guide offers something for everyone looking to put pen to paper — a treasure trove of practical suggestions, expert advice, and powerful inspiration. Judy Reeves meets you wherever you may be on a given day with: • get-going prompts and exercises • insight into writing blocks • tips and techniques for finding time and creating space • ways to find images and inspiration • advice on working in writing groups • suggestions, quips, and trivia from accomplished practitioners Reeves's holistic approach addresses every aspect of what makes creativity possible (and joyful) — the physical, emotional, and spiritual. And like a smart, empathetic inner mentor, she will help you make every day a writing day.

Build Your Best Writing Life

Build Your Best Writing Life
Author: Kristen Kieffer
Pages: 329
ISBN: 173420642X
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Release: 2019-12-27
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Is there a gap between where you are and where you want to be in your writing life? Maybe you have a drawer full of unfinished manuscripts or a story idea you're struggling to develop. Maybe you're frustrated with your writing progress or overwhelmed by creative doubt, burnout, or writer's block. Maybe you just can't seem to sit down and write. No matter the roadblock standing between you and writing success, here's the good news: You're capable of becoming the writer you want to be-and that work can begin today. In this actionable and empowering guide to personal writing success, Kristen Kieffer shares 25 insightful chapters designed to help you:? Cultivate confidence in your skills and stories? Develop a personal writing habit you can actually sustain? Improve your writing ability with tools for intentional growth? Discover what you (really) want from your writing life-and how to get it! By the end of Build Your Best Writing Life, you'll know how to harness the simple techniques that can help you win your inner creative battles, finish projects you can be proud to share with the world, and work with focus to turn your writing dreams into reality.

Building a Writing Life

Building a Writing Life
Author: Hillary DePiano
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781944909017
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Release: 2019-10-05
Editor: HillaryDePiano.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Do you want to write but have no idea where to start? Building a Writing Life is the beginner writer’s guide you’ve been looking for! You want to be a writer. You want to start a writing habit, share your story, and make some real progress on your writing dreams. You want to find time to write and make room in your life for everything from daily journaling to writing books and beyond. You want to build a writing life. But how do you start? Building a Writing Life is a straightforward, step-by-step guide to integrating writing into your life so you can make steady progress on your goals. Whether you write for personal reasons or dream of more commercial success, you CAN fit writing into your already busy life. With simple, actionable steps you can start taking today, this easy-to-read guide will take you from an aspiring writer to the real deal. In this book, you’ll… • Make the mental commitment to your writing dreams. • Conquer your fears and doubts to start the story of your heart. • Discover and nurture ideas. • Build a regular writing habit. • Motivate yourself to write on days when you don’t feel like it. • Find and make room in your schedule, even if there’s no time to write. • Battle distractions and productively use your writing time. • Discover your ideal writing circumstances and how to think outside the textbox when they aren’t available. • Fine-tuning your writing process by setting better goals and embracing what works for you. … and, most important of all… • Become a real writer at last!

Wordsmithy Hot Tips for the Writing Life

Wordsmithy  Hot Tips for the Writing Life
Author: Douglas Wilson
Pages: 124
ISBN: 9781591280996
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Release: 2011-11-16
Editor: Canon Press & Book Service
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Wordsmithy is for writers of every sort, whether experienced veterans, still just hoping, or somewhere in between. This book exhorts writers to explore the world, to read incessantly, to love mechanical helps, to be fine with being lousy (for a while), to learn languages, and to keep a commonplace book. Through a series of out-of-the-ordinary lessons, each with its own takeaway points and recommended readings, Douglas Wilson provides indispensable guidance, showing how to develop the writer's craft and the kind of life from which good writing comes.

Sometimes the Magic Works

Sometimes the Magic Works
Author: Terry Brooks
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780345465511
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Release: 2004
Editor: Random House Digital, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Filled with practical advice for anyone interested in creative writing, the best-selling author of the Shannara series offers a firsthand glimpse of the rewards and requirements of the writing life, in alternating chapters that address his experiences in the publishing world along with discussions on different aspects of the writing craft--research, plotting, characterization, and more. Reprint.

A Writer s Workbook

A Writer s Workbook
Author: Caroline Sharp
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781250122490
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Release: 2016-05-10
Editor: St. Martin's Griffin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Aspiring doctors have medical school. Karate students have belts of different colors. Pianists have scales and arpeggios. But what system do writers have for getting and staying "in shape," to help them focus, practice, and make progress? A Writer's Workbook is Caroline Sharp's ingenious collection of exercises to inspire, encourage, warm up, and jump-start anyone who writes. A wise and funny friend who will cheerlead you through even your darkest can't-write days and "every idea I've ever had is awful" nights, she provides encouraging suggestions, hilarious observations, and an amazingly vivid catalogue of writers' neuroses (with advice on overcoming them, of course). From "Roget's Resume" and "Emulating Ernest" to "End Well," "The Rewrite Rut," and "Dear John," the exercises in this generous, wry workbook will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.

The Living

The Living
Author: Annie Dillard
Pages: 416
ISBN: 0060924225
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Release: 1993-03-25
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This New York Times bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard is a mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the last decades of the 19th century.

A Dangerous Profession

A Dangerous Profession
Author: Frederick Busch
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780312246082
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Release: 2011-04-01
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Frederick Busch has an enduring love affair with great books, and here he brilliantly communicates his passion to us all. Whether expounding on Melville or Dickens, or celebrating Hemingway or O'Hara, he explains what literature can ineffably reveal about our own lives. For Busch, there was no other recourse save the "dangerous profession;" it was to be his calling, and in these piercing essays, he demonstrates that we as a culture ignore the fundamental truths about fiction only at our own peril. With keen ruminations that recall the critcs of yore- Edmund Wilson, Lionel Trilling, and Irving Howe-Busch, in this era of moral indirection, has revealed how the literature of our past is the key to our survival in the future.

The Writing Life

The Writing Life
Author: Deborah Shepard
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0995109532
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Release: 2018-11-30
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A unique, candid and intimate survey of the life and work of 12 of our most acclaimed writers: Patricia Grace, Tessa Duder, Owen Marshall, Philip Temple, David Hill, Joy Cowley, Vincent O'Sullivan, Albert Wendt, Marilyn Duckworth, Chris Else, Fiona Kidman and Witi Ihimaera. Constructed as Q&As with experienced oral historian Deborah Shepard, they offer a marvellous insight into their careers. As a group they are now the 'elders' of New Zealand literature; they forged the path for the current generation. Together the authors trace their publishing and literary history from 1959 to 2018, through what might now be viewed as a golden era of publishing into the more unsettled climate of today. They address universal themes: the death of parents and loved ones, the good things that come with ageing, the components of a satisfying life, and much more. And they give advice on writing. The book has an historical continuity, showing fruitful and fascinating links between individuals who have negotiated the same literary terrain for more than sixty years. To further honour them are magnificent photo portraits by distinguished photographer John McDermott, commissioned by the publisher for this project.

Snoopy s Guide to the Writing Life

Snoopy   s Guide to the Writing Life
Author: Barnaby Conrad
Pages: 192
ISBN: 1582973237
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Release: 2004-07-15
Editor: Writers Digest Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents a collection of Peanuts comic strips that revolve around writers and the art of writing along with advice and insights from such authors as Elmore Leonard, Elizabeth George, Sue Grafton, Ray Bradbury, Julia Child, and Danielle Steel. Reprint.

Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird
Author: Anne Lamott
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780307424983
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Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Anchor
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition will continue to spark creative minds for years to come. For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title: “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”

For the Time Being

For the Time Being
Author: Annie Dillard
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780307477668
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Release: 2010-05-19
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

National Bestseller "Beautifully written and delightfully strange...as earthy as it is sublime...in the truest sense, an eye-opener." --Daily News From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners. Why do we exist? Where did we come from? How can one person matter? Dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds. Vivid, eloquent, haunting, For the Time Being evokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding. "Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it."--Rocky Mountain News

The Geek s Guide to the Writing Life

The Geek   s Guide to the Writing Life
Author: Stephanie Vanderslice
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781350023574
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Release: 2017-12-14
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The desire to create, to write, to fulfil our artistic dreams is a powerful human need. Yet the number of people who make a living solely by their pen is actually quite small. What does that mean for the rest of us, the self-described writing geeks, who are passionate about writing and who still want to sustain successful literary lives? What does it really mean to find time to build a rewarding writing life while pursuing a career, being a partner or raising a family, in the distracted, time-deprived, 21st-century? In The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life, based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name, Stephanie Vanderslice shares the secrets and tools to developing a successful, rewarding writing practice in a way that inspires the reader to persevere through the inevitable lows and even the highs of a literary life, so that anyone can pursue the path to realizing their artistic dreams.

The Writer s Life

The Writer s Life
Author: Julia Cameron
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9781440628177
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Release: 2001-05-07
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In her groundbreaking book The Right to Write, Julia Cameron dismantled the mythology surrounding the writing life in our culture. Tackling issues such as time, mood, inspiration, and support, she revealed that writing is in fact a natural-and crucial-part of life. Questions of how, when, and why yielded to the virtual tool kit of strategies, tips, and tools she provides in this extremely valuable book. With The Writer's Life, Cameron's pivotal insights and pointers are distilled in a tiny, portable companion that will help readers lead a writer's life more easily, joyfully, and powerfully.