"These authors, with various backgrounds, tastes, and writing processes, demonstrate how an array of approaches can lead to stunning works. They emphasize the importance of creating a captivating voice and their struggles to mold opening sentences, but most important, they encourage aspiring artists to live fully, which will inform their writing. As they reveal what inspires them, they, in turn, inspire the reader, all while celebrating the beauty and purpose of art. With the personal appeal of Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing (1990) and Stephen King’s On Writing (1999), this is a must for every writing-guide collection." -Booklist
"Essays as intimate as journal entries." -Oprah, "The 18 Best Books to Pick Up This Month"
"[Light the Dark] delves into the various ways a powerful encounter with art can shape the creative process." -Poets & Writers, "Best Books for Writers"
"The collection’s best essays soar . . . The essays’ variety and the heart and intelligence evident in many of them add up to a valuable book." -Publishers Weekly
"Luminous and appealing." -Kirkus Reviews
"Ever wondered about the single most important piece of writing that Elizabeth Gilbert has ever read? Or what book most inspired a young Junot Díaz? Or, do you just need some words of encouragement about writing from Roxane Gay? Pick up Light the Dark. It’s a collection of anecdotes and advice from some of the world’s most important authors who have definitely been in your shoes before." -Hello Giggles
About the Author
Doug McLean (Illustrator) is an artist and illustrator based in the Boston area. He has an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University and has been contributing drawings for the “By Heart” series since 2013.