The Writing Life
ISBN: 0060161566
EAN13: 9780060161569
Language: English
Pages: 111
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 9.3" L x 5.7" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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With color, irony, and sensitivity, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard illuminates the dedication, absurdity, and daring that is the writer's life. As it probes and exposes, examines and analyzes, The Writing Life offers deeper insight into one of the most mysterious of professions. A gregarious recluse, Dillard has passed many days, weeks, and months in remote locations doing something she claims to hate: writing. The act of writing is quite the undertaking, as the author struggles to decide whether she has found her subject, hit a dead end, or come up with a truly inspired bit of literature. Here, on top of providing a glimpse into her own life and writing experiences, Dillard offers wisdom to aspiring and established writers, urging them to maintain their passion and commitment to the work.

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   A muse igniter is what this book is.
Reading about the life of writing is a search for a muse, a hunt for some artistic stimulation that leads you to your own writing. The writing life is like following Dillard around, watching her fight new muses and discovering new droughts of non-writing. She keeps you around as a conversation partner, though you don 't have much to say. But this does not bother her. In a way, A muse is the igniter and what this book is. You are brought into the writing lab and allowed to read a Master's process. As she works, you feel something turning within herself. Like being in the presence of someone quite creative and seeing their creativity create something ex-nihilo within your soul, this book is your chance to be the fly on the wall. Add to that, Dillard is just fun to read a genius at expressing the uninhibited, real human experience.
   Excellent grounding work for all aspiring writers and seasoned writers and established writers.
It is read by : It is live. This is a book that my MFA program recommends and I have found it in many other places in quotes from researchers, scientists, as well as writers who are the most regular readers of this great work. It is a walking guide for living.
   I did like the book
I liked the book, it is definitely a very off the beaten path book about writing, or at least how writing feels to Mrs. Dillard. This is a book that is a little bit of advice and a lot of reflection.
   "The Writing Life is a Gem!"
Annie Dillard's writing life is a gem! It is filled with refreshing information, anecdotes, and reminders... I recommend it for anyone... especially the writing enthusiast!
   tension and jousts at meaning
When Dillard writes of the meaningful things she digs. When she writes about her characters, she flies with them to their accomplishment or ends and sometimes both. This work is beautifully exhausting and deep in reveals.
   The writring life
I really enjoyed the book and learned a great deal from it. It does not wear or preach and is in places as well as true very comical.
   Disjointed revelations
It is an easy to read book. A little over 100 pages in the magazine. An interesting take on life and the writer's life specifically. Every author has a process of writing, a time for writing and what they are comfortable doing. To write late at night in cold places. No, many authors will want to emulate her pattern. BUT it brought her to a perfect prize and meaning more than all the fine work. I recognize her writing, but I won 't read this book again.