Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors On How And Why They Do What They Do by Meredith MaranWhy We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors On How And Why They Do What They Do by Meredith Maran

Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors On How And Why They Do What They Do

EditorMeredith Maran

Paperback | January 29, 2013

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Twenty of America's bestselling authors share tricks, tips, and secrets of the successful writing life.

Anyone who's ever sat down to write a novel or even a story knows how exhilarating and heartbreaking writing can be. So what makes writers stick with it? In Why We Write, twenty well-known authors candidly share what keeps them going and what they love most—and least—about their vocation.

Contributing authors include:
Isabel Allende
David Baldacci
Jennifer Egan
James Frey
Sue Grafton
Sara Gruen
Kathryn Harrison
Gish Jen
Sebastian Junger
Mary Karr
Michael Lewis
Armistead Maupin
Terry McMillan
Rick Moody
Walter Mosley
Susan Orlean
Ann Patchett
Jodi Picoult
Jane Smiley
Meg Wolitzer
Meredith Maran, a passionate reader and writer of memoirs, is the author of thirteen nonfiction books and the acclaimed novel A Theory Of Small Earthquakes. Meredith also writes book reviews, essays, and features for newspapers and magazines including People, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Salon.com, and ...
Title:Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors On How And Why They Do What They DoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.97 × 5.25 × 0.57 inPublished:January 29, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0452298156

ISBN - 13:9780452298156

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific Insights Twenty well-known authors are all asked the same questions … the 5 W’s of writing. Their answers to these questions make up this book, along with a brief personal history, a synopsis of their work, the first paragraph of their newest offering and their advice to anyone considering writing as a career. This was an interesting and informative little book, especially for someone who loves to read. I was familiar with all of the names in the book, but have not read works by every author included. Some good insights into how writing and publishing have changed over the years. Some really intriguing little quirks about the authors themselves as well. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book is being donated to an organization called 826 National, an innovative youth literacy program.
Date published: 2013-05-03

Editorial Reviews

“If writing were illegal I’d be in prison. I can’t not write. It’s a compulsion.” —David Baldacci“When I’m writing... I’m living in two different dimensions: this life I’m living now…and this completely other world I’m inhabiting that no one else knows about.” —Jennifer Egan“Every story is a seed inside of me that starts to grow and grow, like a tumor, and I have to deal with it sooner or later.” —Isabel Allende“In the beginning, it was that sense of losing time. Now…I have the sense that I can biff the world a bit. I can exert a force.” —Michael Lewis