Here, Richard Ford explains why he finds not writing to be a terrific thing. Alice Hoffman describes the effect illness (her own and that of others) has had on her work. Barbara Kingsolver grapples with writing an "unchaste" novel. Louise Erdrich explores the effect a second language, Ojibwe in her case, can have on one's involvement with the first. And Russell Banks learns the hard way that "when you meet a witness to your distant past, your memory tends to improve." The most hilarious piece is Carolyn Chute's "How Can You Create Fiction When Reality Comes to Call?" In it, she describes one day, in which "X-rated stuff happens," the cuckoo clock goes off incessantly, dirty dishes beckon, political cohorts come calling, a dog has a couple of seizures, laundry needs doing, and guests constantly arrive. Once Chute finally does get down to writing, the "n" breaks off the daisy wheel. But at least the phone doesn't ring. "Its bell is broken. It never rings. Thank heavens." --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is one of the best reference books I have. The writers tell it like it is. Useful information on every page.Published 2 months ago by Kay C. Wentzel
Like a sip of tea on a Summer's day, this book (readily at hand) is ideal for brief dip-ins; with television adverts now more than two minutes in length and annoyingly repetitive,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by richard lindell
I love this book of essays. Especially love the one about visiting with your writing by Walter Mosley and the one on things are not what they seem, by Roxana Robinson. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fish mama
I love reading books like this, although I realize that they are not for everyone – they sure pique my interest. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cameron Wiggins
Read this one some weeks ago. Enjoyed the glimpse into the writing mind. Each writer generously shared their insights. Would like more books like this. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lichun O. Sabik
This is more of a collection of the details of individual authors' lives than of their writing tactics, lessons learned, or other habits, but it does include all of the above. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Justine D. Mishler
I am delighted that this book was recommended to me, as it is perfect to pick up when you're between longer works, when you can't sleep and need to beguile the time rather than... Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Janemb35
If you're interested in what novelists, essayists, poets, screenwriters, and playwrights have to say about their lives, writing process, and motivations, then you'll want to read... Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by Philip Vassallo