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“If writing were illegal I’d be in prison. I can’t not write. It’s a compulsion.” —David Baldacci
“When I’m writing... I’m living in two different dimensions: this life I’m living now…and this completely other world I’m inhabiting that no one else knows about.” —Jennifer Egan
“Every story is a seed inside of me that starts to grow and grow, like a tumor, and I have to deal with it sooner or later.” —Isabel Allende
“In the beginning, it was that sense of losing time. Now…I have the sense that I can biff the world a bit. I can exert a force.” —Michael Lewis
Meredith Maran is the author of nine nonfiction books and the acclaimed novel A Theory of Small Earthquakes. She's been writer-in-residence at UCLA and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, and a fellow at Yaddo, among other artist colonies. Her writing appears regularly in the Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and People.
Fascinating to read about famous authors with their joys and struggles. I was astounded at some of the common themes, the life-long journeys of putting pen to paper, the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Doranne
I enjoyed this volume immensely. ( I finished it in a day.) However, I would like to comment on Terry McMillan's contribution. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Midori
This book just blew me away. As a writer it can sometimes be a solitary world. Knowing that acclaimed writers experienced the same things you do was refreshing and the advice that... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kevin B.
The author has managed to create a template and stuff 20 wildly different talents into it - not in a bad way, each wrote what they wanted on the subject. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chris Korody
Help answering the question.
Stimulating thinking in words
Learning from others how to open the window to mind
and by practicing clearing your own path
It's comforting that all of these writers had difficulty - continue to have difficulty - in their own ways with writing. Nevertheless, they have overcome it all. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Margaret Snider