Oates stresses that writing when done well, like any other artistic endeavor, is a craft.
Reading a lot of any writer's works gives you the feeling that you know the author as well as any member of your family or your circle of best friends.
You could have knocked me over with a feather when I discovered she read and has been influenced Poe.
I puzzled for a time on how many stars to give this book -- I find that some of what she says does not apply to me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas C. Fletcher
This book is about the art of writing. Oates tells us that 'writing is not a race ... the satisfaction is in the effort. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paula Cappa Reviews
It's a good book for young aspiring writers. It's also a kind of literary guide to particularly American writers as Oates uses classical and well-known writers as examples. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LENA BRUSELID
JCO offers unique insights into the creative process and her own personal love affair (with all the attendant feelings) with writing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Avid reader
As a widely-published, but largely self-taught writer, I collect and study books on the craft. My library is fairly extensive. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John L. Moore
It's like taking a course with JCO! So many insights, ideas, commentaries on the great writers of our time. I love it and hope it will help me refine my own work.Published 10 months ago by Margaret
The books came on time. I had reserved the book from the library but wanted to own it. One for me and one as a gift.Published 13 months ago by trish
JCO does her thing ... in this case offering her experiences about how to become an engaged writer; what it means to put your visions into language. No one does it better. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Trineman
As someone who is trying his hand at writing fiction for the first time I was relieved to learn from Ms. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Sugafoot