Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Sarah Stodola is a writer and journalist who has contributed to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Nation, Daily Beast, and Awl, as well as Condé Nast Traveler and Slate, among others publications. She founded the literary journal Me Three and served as an adjunct scholar for Lapham’s Quarterly. She is currently the editorial director of Strolby.
"[A] well-researched book that is affably written and organized...Stodola has focused on the "horizontal and vertical," things that avid readers might find interesting, such as the controlling "image" that guides Toni Morrison's work or how much time Ernest Hemingway really gave over to socializing. I was reminded of peculiar trivia I had read years ago, but hadn't fully appreciated at the time: James Joyce's early infatuation with Henrik Ibsen, Philip Roth's habit of writing hundreds of pages before finding the first useable syllable." -The Millions
"Feast on writerly habits, including Toni Morrison's penchant for No. 2 pencils, Junot Diaz's stand-up writing style, and Joan Didion's self-reward: one drink each night after work." -Mental Floss
"Stodola's approach to Franz and Toni and Margaret and Virginia is accessible and welcoming." -Entropy Magazine --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : January 20, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Amazon Publishing (January 20, 2015)
- File Size : 3056 KB
- Print Length : 270 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00M4DE5B6
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,826 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With these things said, the book is incredibly detailed about each author's life. There are 734 different annotated notes at the back of the book. While this is impressive, it's also a sad state of affairs that the note section is longer than some of the sections on the authors.
Stodola's selections run the gamut from Edith Wharton, who wrote in bed to Philip Roth, who wrote standing up to Virginia Wolfe, who wrote to stave off mental illness to George Orwell, who was fanatical about getting the first draft of a novel down on paper so he could go back and laboriously revise his efforts.
The author also includes how each writer utilized personal journals and, for modern writers, their attitudes toward computers, tweeting, and the internet. I found the book to be highly informative and inspirational and would recommend it to anyone interested in modern literature or the creative process.
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In reading each one, you see where they are vastly different and all the same.
The message - to me - is very simple. Writer's write whenever they can, at all costs, and not all of them are stories they finish. I loved reading this and it seemed to open something in me. It gave me permission to write the way I want without having to worry about fitting into some mould created by someone who has no idea what I am.
Why stress about a story you don't finish? Get the idea down as fast as you can so you can get back to it later.
But don't forget, story comes first.
You can have all the cool characters you want - with nuance and depth and background and all that stuff. But you better give them something to do.
In the end, thank you for writing this book and I hope other writers get the same value from it that I did.