Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LarrySouders - LibraryThing
A book that will embroil you in the life of one who writes. If you yourself have thought of writing this would be a good one to add to you collection. Read full review
MAKING A LITERARY LIFE: Advice for Writers and Other DreamersUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A beginner's guide to the craft of writing and the business of publishing, from veteran novelist See (The Handyman, 1999, etc.)."This book is for the timid, forlorn, and clueless," declares the author ... Read full review
Point of View
Geography Time and Space
Building a Scene
That First Trip to New York
Magazines Grants and Fun with the Tax
Getting Published Part I