The Writing Life

The Writing Life

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Aca...

Title:The Writing Life
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780060919887
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    The Writing Life Reviews

  • Dolors

    This is a brief yet intense essay on the art, or as Dillard would say, the burden of writing that will delight readers and aspiring writers alike. Writing is a way of life, and Dillard’s relationshi...

  • Michael

    In this short collection of essays on craft, Dillard meditates on what it means to become a writer as well as why someone might want to write in the first place: her seven essays, read in sequence, fr...

  • Justin Tate

    Beautiful essays on writing. It’s not a how-to guide, but more of a metaphorical deglamorization of what it means to be a writer. The gist is that writing is agonizing work and those who are sane sh...

  • Malbadeen

    I do not, nor do I aspire to live "The Writing Life" but I have recently found myself in a writing class by virtue of necessity for my degree and I have been horrified by the enormity of the task of w...

  • Riku Sayuj

    Tunnel through. Stretch the line to the limits of the possible. It will be hard, and it will be a torment, but that is the writing life. It’s easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people aren’...

  • Lisa Reads & Reviews

    Annie Dillard wrote a brutally honest description of her relationship and struggles with the process of writing. Instead of the usual advice about showing, not telling, etc that I see etched inside my...

  • Ammara Abid

    This is my first book by Annie Dillard and it didn't disappoint me. Brilliant book, beautiful excerpts with many examples corelating with how to writewhy to write what urge you to write, emphasizing t...

  • Jeff Jackson

    I have a love/hate thing with this book. On the one hand, it's a brilliant poetic evocation of the creative process. On the other, the process is so romanticized and the examples exalt such a rarified...

  • Elise

    Every paragraph is stunning, and I especially like the previous owner's occasional marginalia in my hardback copy.On page 14, Dillard writes: "Flaubert wrote steadily, with only the usual, appalling, ...

  • Melanie

    Some books don't have an ending. What they have to say will linger on and surround you like a mental landscape. Annie Dillard's impassioned plea for the writing life is as hypnotic as it is tangible. ...