Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 28, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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In Advice to Writers, Jon Winokur, author of the bestselling The Portable Curmudgeon, gathers the counsel of more than four hundred celebrated authors in a treasury on the world of writing. Here are literary lions on everything from the passive voice to promotion and publicity: James Baldwin on the practiced illusion of effortless prose, Isaac Asimov on the despotic tendencies of editors, John Cheever on the perils of drink, Ivan Turgenev on matrimony and the Muse. Here, too, are the secrets behind the sleight-of-hand practiced by artists from Aristotle to Rita Mae Brown. Sagacious, inspiring, and entertaining, Advice to Writers is an essential volume for the writer in every reader.


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Contents

Characters
6
Colleagues
16
Discouragement
23
Drink
30
Encouragement
44
Grammar and Usage
74
Material
82
Prizes
99
Publicity and Promotion l l 0
110
Publishers and Publishing l l 6
116
Qualifications and Requirements
123
The Reader
133
Reading
139
The Secret
149
Style
156
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Jon Winokur is the author of The Rich Are Different. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

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