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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. Writersand anyone with an artistic temperamentwill 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.
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
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
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
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