Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers

Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers Review

As Carolyn See says, writing guides are like preachers on Sunday?there may be a lot of them, but you can't have too many, and there's always an audience of the faithful. And while Making a Literary Life is ostensibly a book that teaches you how to write, it really teaches you how to make your interior life into your exterior life, how to find and join that community of like-minded souls you're sure is out there somewhere.Carolyn See distills a lifetime of experience as novelist, memoirist, critic, and creative-writing professor into this marvelously engaging how-to book. Partly the nuts and bolts of writing (plot, point of view, character, voice) and partly an inspirational guide to living the life you dream of, Making a Literary Life takes you from the decision to "become" a writer to three months after the publication of your first book. A combination of writing and life strategies (do not tell everyone around you how you yearn to be a writer; send a "charming note" to someone you admire in the industry five days a week, every week, for the rest of your life; find the perfect characters right in front of you), Making a Literary Life is for people not usually considered part of the literary loop: the non?East Coasters, the secret scribblers. With sagacity, a magical sense of humor, and an abiding belief in the possibilities offered to "ordinary" people living "ordinary" lives, Carolyn See has summed up her life's work in a book so beguiling, irreverent, and giddily inspiring that you won't even realize it's changing your life until it already has.From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers
Edition Language:English

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    Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers Reviews

  • Julie Ehlers

    Making a Literary Life is a unique and enjoyable writing guide. What's unique about it is that, unlike most books of this type, it doesn't focus mainly on process. Sure, there's a chapter on process (...

  • Salma

    Few writing books succeed in keeping you from dozing off. Bradbury's "Zen" is an exception. So is Ayn Rand's "The Art of Fiction." And this. This book reads as quickly as Twilight, and you actually la...

  • Liaken

    What I got from this book:1. Write from your life. Figure out who the main characters (good and bad) are, as they'll influence the characters you write. 2. Write a thousand words a day (or two hours e...

  • Susan Oleksiw

    This book is subtitled Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers, and that should be a clue to its content. Part II has the standard information on writing--character, plot, point of view, setting, buildi...

  • Erik

    Honestly, I don’t know Carolyn See from a bump on the log. But her literary how-to is just likely her only piece of writing that will make its mark on me – or pass under my eyes, for that matter. ...

  • Bart

    This is a delightful book that, along with Stephen King's On Writing, composes a couple of the best books written in the last 25 years about the craft and profession of writing.The words this book bri...

  • Anna

    A spectacular book on becoming a writer, filled with real-world approaches and habits as well as stories and observations from Ms. See's own experiences.This book feels like a conversation with a wise...

  • Sara

    I quite enjoyed this and it’s definitely worth reading if you aspire to the writing life. Carolyn See is a quirky writer and her stories were amusing but the second half of the book was a little sad...

  • Antonia

    Oh Jeez, bored to death. DNF. Maybe I'll come back to this one sometime in a better mood....

  • Elizabeth Spencer

    Now that I've finished it, this book is kind of hilarious.When Ms. See gives advice on writing, it's very sound. Start a writing habit. Write a thousand words a day. Write nice letters to people in th...