9780802121417

Still Writing The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

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    9780802121417

  • ISBN10:

    0802121411

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/12/2014
  • Publisher: Grove Press
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Summary

Still Writing offers up a cornucopia of wisdom, insights, and practical lessons gleaned from Dani Shapiro's long experience as a celebrated writer and teacher of writing. The beneficiaries are beginning writers, veteran writers and everyone in between.”—Jennifer Egan

From Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Devotion and Slow Motion, comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating and challenging process of storytelling. At once a memoir, a meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing is an intimate companion to living a creative life. Writers—and anyone with an artistic temperament—will find inspiration and comfort in these pages. Offering lessons learned over twenty years of teaching and writing, Shapiro shares her own revealing insights to weave an indispensable almanac for modern writers.

Author Biography

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.

Table of Contents

BEGINNINGS

Scars
Riding the Wave
Inner Censor
Corner
A Short Bad Book
A Room of One's Own
Traction
Shimmer
Permission
Reading
Toe Hold
Seeds
The Blank Page
Outsider
Habit
Big Ideas
Getting to Work
Audience of One
Smith Corona
Being Present
Ambition
Fog
Luck
Guides
What You Know?
Piano
Five Senses
Bad Days
Mess
Writing in the Dark

MIDDLES

Building the Boat
Courage
Muses
Trust
Rhythm
Composing
Change
Beginning Again
Tics
Structure
Channel
Second Acts
Ordinary Life
Secrets
Practice
Inheritance
Not Always So
Gravy
The Cave
Control
Reading Yourself
Dumb
Breaking the Rules
Spit
Cigarette Break
Character
Distance
Edges
Mondays
Flow

ENDS

The Best Part
Exposure
Risk
On Having the Last Word
Tribe
Patience
What is Yours
Echo
Break
Dance
Betrayal
Lost Fingers
Steward
Workshop
Astonishment
Envy
Uncertainty
Business
Next
Still Writing

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