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Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction #02: Inspiration and Disciplineby Susan Burmeister Brown
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Survey Our Literary Landscape From the Open Window of Glimmer Train
What drives you to write? How does a particular piece of writing come to exist?
In Inspiration and Discipline, the second volume in our Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction series, more than one hundred accomplished authors set aside talk of character and scene in order to address the more private and elusive aspects of their writing lives. In excerpts from interviews conducted over a seventeen-year period and preserved by the editors of the highly respected literary quarterly Glimmer Train Stories and its supplement Writers Ask, contemporary writers offer insights on such topics as family support (or lack thereof), using autobiographical material, and the responsibility of writingsharing their own personal and philosophical approaches to this most strange, heartbreaking, and wonderful of artistic vocations.
Jayne Anne Phillips, Thisbe Nissen, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Thom Jones, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Beverly Lowry, Siri Hustvedt, Richard Bausch, Charles Baxter, Sue Miller, Ha Jin
There may never be an explanation for where stories come from, but the wisdom, humor, and advice of the writers in these pages will provide you with the inspiration you need to keep your writing life moving forward.
Book News Annotation:
In this 5.25x7.5" collection, Burmeister-Brown and Swanson-Davies, co-editors of the literary short story quarterly Glimmer Train Stories, arrange snippets from interviews with about 100 accomplished contemporary authors who share their personal and philosophical approaches to the more private aspects of their writing lives, such as family support (or lack thereof), the use of autobiographical material, what drives authors to write, and the responsibility of writing. Brief excerpts from talks with 37 interviewers are arranged in themed chapters on subjects including early roots, how reading shapes writing, taboos and secrets, and writing as therapy. Contributor and interviewer biographies are included, with b&w photos accompanying many of the contributor biographies. Writers interviewed include Amy Bloom, Kevin Canty, Siri Hustvedt, Sandra Cisneros, Annie Proulx, and Paul Theroux. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
7From one of today's most recognized literary journals, Glimmer Train7Features advice from some of today's most accomplished and respected fiction writers7Illustrated, gifty package will appeal to any writerThe Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction series features the best content from Glimmer Train's "Writers Ask" quarterly newsletter. Writers Ask is for "those who are serious about writing." It's packed full of useful techniques, informed perspectives, and inspired nudges from accomplished literary writers and mentors — just the kind of company a writer needs. The second volume in the series, Inspiration and Discipline, features advice about finding ideas and developing a writing habit from a great list of writers including Lorrie Moore, Ha Jin, Robert Olen Butler, Richard Russo, Tobias Wolfe and more.
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