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review 2017-08-28 00:21
[REVIEW] The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
The Writing Life - Annie Dillard

Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?

 

I am in desperate need to get back on the writing wagon. I don't know why I've been so out of it this year, maybe it was graduating from my undergrad in May and immediately starting my graduate degree this week. Maybe it's something else that I can't think of at the moment, so I needed to get into the mind of a writer and read about her thoughts on writing.

 

Dillard intertwines her daily life and her writing life with ease, sweeping in and out of metaphors with incredible ease. Her thoughts on what writing is and how it impacts your life, how a novel takes years (not months) to be written and many other things resonated with me. However, I expected to find more writerly musings and fewer essays about her life in Washington state. It was easy for me to be distracted at certain points, even if she did paint a riveting picture of the mountains and the fury of Mother Nature.

 

Still, her wisdom on writing is solid and it's worth reading for that alone.

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text 2017-08-26 04:28
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 111 pages.
The Writing Life - Annie Dillard

The writer studies literature, not the world. [...] He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write. He is careful of what he learns, because that is what he will know.

 

This speaks to me on so many levels. I can't remember when I started to be so picky with what I read, for fear of how it would influence my writing.

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text 2017-08-26 04:21
Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 111 pages.
The Writing Life - Annie Dillard

A writer looking for subjects inquires not after what he loves best, but after what he alone loves at all. [...] Why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic thought you advert to, about your fascination with something no one else understands? Because it is up to you.

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text 2017-08-25 19:56
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 111 pages.
The Writing Life - Annie Dillard

Dreamy prose that is at times difficult to read and live in. Nonetheless, she captures what I associate with the state of writing with incredible accuracy.

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url 2017-08-02 14:54
Choice of Games is looking for people interested in writing interactive romance

I'm not a writer and have no idea how good or bad their pay is in comparison to other options - this just caught my eye. I figured I'd post in case anyone was interested or knows someone who might be interested. As far as I know, their stuff is less visual novel and more text-based "choose your own adventure." I own one of their works, Choice of Robots, but haven't tried it yet.

 

ETA - And, oh hey, there's at least one author I recognize in their lineup. Sorcery Is for Saps was written by Hilari Bell and Anna-Maria Crum. I haven't read any of Bell's works, but I own Fall of a Kingdom, the first book in her Farsala trilogy. Dang, now I wish Choice of Games had an "Author Browse" feature.

 

And another one: Max Gladstone wrote Deathless: The City's Thirst and Choice of the Deathless.

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