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  • Title: The Writing Life
  • Author: Annie Dillard
  • ISBN: 9780060919887
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Academy of Arts and Letters.
    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 gregario

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    1. 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 relationship with words is, to say the least, controversial Her lucid ponderings on the obsessive nature of those who devote their lives to squeeze the world out into sentences, limited by expression and linguistic patterns, are as petrifying as they are eye opening.Far from the romantic idea of a genius struck b [...]

    2. 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 writing something anything without feeling like a complete fool I came across this book at a used store and picked it up as my brother has been trying to get me to read Dillard for awhile I immediately loved it for her brutal words of reality After sitting in the class were I have to listen to a circle [...]

    3. 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 t writers, and very little harm comes to them Julian Barnes, Flaubert s ParrotThe writing life is tough and you will often hate it, but choose it if no other life will make sense.A day spent reading writing, cooped up in this silent struggle, while life passes you by might not be considered by many as a goo [...]

    4. 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 eyelids, as I read The Writing Life, I was compelled to copy its poetic quotes on note cards that I ll use as bookmarks I expect gems from this work will inspire and educate me as I stumble across them in days to come quotes, such as the content of a note from Michelangelo to his apprentice, Draw, A [...]

    5. 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 the importance of words The whole book was written in monotonous tone which is perfectly fine with the short book like this but the last chapter didn t hit me infact I get bored while reading Otherwise the book is epic.WHEN YOU WRITE, you lay out a line of words The line of words is a miner s pick, a [...]

    6. 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, strains For twenty five years he finished a big book every five to seven years My guess is that full time writers average a book every five years seventy three usable pages a year, or a usable fifth of a page a day The years that biographers and other nonfiction writers spend amassing and mastering ma [...]

    7. 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 She will take you to writing desks in remote cabins and isolated studies keep the world out, as much as you can to evoke the various stages of writing elation, excitement, despair, immobility, doubt Time will slow down and expand in electrified sentences that you will want to highlight and write down, [...]

    8. This book is short just over one hundred pages in hardcover and easy to read If you read my five status updates, you will see quotes from the book The book is full of quotable quotes that are often entertaining and enlightening I think Annie Dillard is a great writer My one fault with The Writing Life is that it is despairingly certain that being a good writer is neigh unto impossible This seems to me to be simply untrue Now you may not write an award winning novel but if you read reviews on , y [...]

    9. 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 form of extreme self sacrifice that I half suspect Dillard is trying to discourage and or sabotage future generations It s a five star meal with a dash of arsenic Approach with caution.

    10. As a writer with only one published novel I am always looking to learn about the writing life, looking to hone my skills, to improve I had hoped to glean some rare look into how to write skilfully from Dillard s writing This 111 page book took me three days to read normally I would have finished in 30 minutes however I wanted to absorb each gem of knowledge, and so kept reading intently, taking breaks hoping it would get better the next time I picked it up Most writers seem to spend an inordina [...]

    11. One of the things I know about writing is this spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book give it, give it all, give it now The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now Something will arise for later, something better These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is n [...]

    12. I think if I had read this book out of curiosity, and not in the middle of a class where I am writing and having to revise that writing the hardest part for me , I may not have rated it so highly But every word Annie Dillard includes in here is important Some stories are not immediately apparent Why am I reading about chopping wood, skipping fireworks, and alligators She always brings it back around to the discipline of writing, a discipline that I don t really have yet I think anyone who writes [...]

    13. Appreciated this little treasure every bit as much the second time around Dillard is a miner of meaningful truths from the ordinary world her prose is fierce, invigorating, and unrelentingly beautiful._________Original review 2013 A short, wonderful, straight to the point book Read it for sympathy in your struggles as a writer I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, as with a dying friend During visiting hours, I enter its room with dread and sympathy for its many disorders I hold its h [...]

    14. Short, quick 70 pager at least in the version I read that really reads like an extension of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek with its tone and ample use of quotes and anecdotes The only difference, really, is that this work focuses and at times less on writing.A few things of interest Dillard has little use for using brand names in your writing, so I guess she s of the belief that it spoils your chances for classic status when you embed stuff that is sure to become dated She also espouses a variation of [...]

    15. This might be the only book about writing anybody needs.It s not a book that tells you how to write But I ve never found those books to be useful anyway This is a book about what it is like to be a writer Not be a writer as in being able to tell strangers that you re a writer and then enjoying the instinctive looks of awe on their faces, nor be a writer as in manage a career writing books It is a book about what it s like to obsess over a single sentence for days or weeks, what it s like to feel [...]

    16. Sometime after the excitement of beginning her book a serious writer will discover her work s own intrinsic impossibility, says Annie Dillard in The Writing Life Eventually she ll probably throw out the main point, her grand vision, and settle for the modest discovery she made in writing.If a writer had any sense, she d devote herself to a career selling catheters The Writing Life is about persistent inquiry and love A sort of commiseration, it contains rules of thumb throw out the beginning th [...]

    17. I had to read this for a course and my professor said that some people will love Annie Dillard, while others will hate her I am of the latter camp.I m not sure what I was expecting from reading this book Maybe some kind of interesting wisdom about writing What I got, though, was a highly pretentious piece of work that read like a self help book It spoke about a bunch of things but the sum of the message was basically empty.Dillard seems to assume that all writers can live her lifestyle of seclus [...]

    18. If you re looking for a book about insights and struggles of a writing life, this is NOT it.I got this book as a present from my partner He knows I love books about writing craft, always looking for ways to hone and improve my skills.I read this book on a flight It s only 111 pages long and I was certain I will still be able to watch a movie on my 5 hour flight I had to put it down several times and it took another 6 hour flight to finish it It was like a love and hate relationship, hoping it wi [...]

    19. As a fledgling fiction writer, I really liked the author s descriptions of the challenges, heartaches and joys of writing Some of her passages made me laugh and others made me realize I was not alone I would have preferred if the whole book were observations on writing as I did not find the memoir parts particularly interesting, thus the 3 star rating.

    20. Eh, it was ok Dillard describes the difficulties of writing, the long wrestling match that goes into a writer fighting with his or her subject and the way that original subjects are sometimes lost along the way in the process of writing I could feel the amount of struggle that goes into her writing, almost in every line, and personally I feel like it saps some of the power from her work when you can almost feel that each every sentence has been crafted over and pounded into perfection There are [...]

    21. This is the first book I ve read by Dillard, but it won t be the last Her writing is forceful, muscular and insightful, and I d love to see how that translates into her fiction The only reason I m giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I got bogged down in the last chapter about her experiences flying with the stunt pilot, which probably says much about me than it does her Anyone interested in knowing how a writer works and thinks should read this.

    22. J ai d couvert Annie Dillard travers l un de mes livres f tiches Le monde sur le flanc de la truite de Robert Lalonde travers son carnet, Lalonde cite Dillard plusieurs reprises, tissant des liens travers leurs pratiques de l criture Les notes de Robert Lalonde sur l art de voir, de lire et d crire sont pour moi intimement li es ce livre de Dillard.

    23. Many quotable sections in this piece, and I am forcing myself to select only one Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you Like Stephen King in On Writing, Dillard has useful observations on revisions and on input output issues what you read becomes what you write I am thinking about Elizabeth Gilbert s essay on her website, on the same topic, where she says something along the lines of Write, write like your hair is on fire in response to the question these works attemp [...]

    24. A kind of stream of consciousness on the writing process and memories of various writing haunts Annie Dillard has prowled around in procrastination, waiting for sentences to arrive unbidden.One of the most compelling part of the book were its latter pages when she talks about art and the aviator Dave Rahm, something that for most artists exists outside themselves and canbe viewed by the artist and for him, it was something he was part of, inside of, pure creation in a moment When Rahm flew, he s [...]

    25. This is one of those quirky books that take you inside a particular world, in this case, Annie Dillard s life as a writer The book is not stuffed with advice on how to develop character or plot Instead, it offers a series of days and experiences, a memoir circling around writing One of the most amusing chapters, barely two pages, is about the day when her typewriter erupted Even when she talks about other writers, she introduces them in a unique way, by the strange things they loved Frank Conroy [...]

    26. I loved this book I m not sure I could stand having a writing life as isolated and agonizing as Dillard s, but boy she produces amazing prose out of it And it was wonderful hearing about her process Highly recommended for writers .

    27. The basic message here is that writing is like wrestling alligators, if you re doing it right It s a good reminder The only way to do it well is to be immersed in it.

    28. Anyone who writes should read this than once After you finish it, keep it on your desk and just flip it open to random page, read a few paragraphs, then proceed with your work.

    29. 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 i [...]

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