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review 2017-09-11 18:14
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott

Humourous look at being a writer and what you need to do, reminding me that the problem exists for me between keyboard and seat.

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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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