If for me music is the secret sharer, it is a friend who has no needs and encourages me to trust that beauty can be achieved in this life, at least theoretically.
I was surprised by authors whom I have read for years, learning a great deal more about their process and their belief about writing. Hans Koning, Summoning the Mystery and Tragedy, but in a Subterranean Way Good, or serious writing, as Koning calls it, deals with a deep examination of the human condition.
Here are a few quotes I underlined: Does she ever show up? But Turows struggle to find the voice for his art revealed unbelievable depths to his thought process. So much of life falls between the seams of the sayable. But a recommend nevertheless. This was one of those revealing essays.
She was disgusted by the idea that readers would quit on a book or assail it after finishing because a character was unlikable. But in the days of her life after she quits, she starts to see things that she wants to write about. Hoffman worked through cancer with her writing.
I disagreed with her but her essay was provocative. The essay combined the larger aspects of the writing life with solid practical advice.
Mostly, Mosely encouraged the daily writing routine, nourishing those instincts and ideas every day with a little bit of participation. Richard Ford, Goofing Off While the Muse Recharges Sometimes a break from writing, the actual physical act of it, can recharge and provide inspiration.
Some essays were more fitting for where I am than others because the topics range the gamut of genres and styles, but all in all, I really enjoyed seeing the practices and thought processes of various writers.
That is, needless to say, also the terrible thing. Elie Weisel, A Sacred Magic Can Elevate the Storyteller I loved this essay because everything Weisel writes feels like a prayer, which, not surprisingly, is his purpose.
She also examines the dynamics of a critique group. There was very little insight to the writing process and writing life. Scott Turow, An Odyssey That Started with Ulysses This was the most surprising essay in the collection, giving me a new found respect and love for a favorite author of mine.
Hilma Wolitzer, Embarking Together on Solitary Journeys Wolitzer, who came to writing early but to publication late, writes eloquently about the real commitment needed to write.
Occasionally you hit it, grinning behind the nominal privacy of your partition like a Mardis Gras mask. Sep 03, C. Fewston rated it liked it Some essays are worth it. Writing can consume to the point that you forget to participate in the world.
This is sacred work. She, like Banks, believes in the therapeutic power of writing, working through all of the things boiling around in your head through stories and characters.
The essay was both encouragement and conviction. They both know that the official version, the one everyone else believes, is a lie. Given the diversity of the authors and their perspectives on writing and the writing life, there is obviously something here for everyone.
I disagree with Brown — not because I want to lose myself in a fantasy where everyone is likable or where everything turns out butterflies and puppy dogs in the end but because there has to either be balance or growth. I would love to be a fly on the wall for that process.
Aug 12, M rated it liked it Incredibly inconsistent, but there were some good quotes to pull for teaching, as well as entire essays to set aside. And she maintains that a good writer is always thinking like a writer, in every moment of the day, evaluating the events and people around them for material.
That book has been part of my writing practice for a few months now, one essay at a time, and I really enjoyed it. Where is the muse, by the way?Writers [on Writing]: Collected Essays from The New York Times by John Darnton (Introduction) in CHM, DJVU, RTF download e-book.
Welcome to our site, dear. Writers on Writing This is a complete archive of the Writers on Writing column, a series in which writers explore literary themes. Aciman, André. Praise For Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times “The essays are all unified by an overwhelming sense of generosity of spirit, of writers offering encouragement, reflection, and introspection”.
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