We Need Diverse Ya Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Q&A | June 8, 2015

    Owen Sheers: IMG Powell's Q&A: Owen Sheers



    Describe your latest book. I Saw a Man is a contemporary novel set between London, New York, Nevada, and Wales. The book opens with Michael Turner,... Continue »
    1. $18.17 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      I Saw a Man

      Owen Sheers 9780385529075

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$24.00
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
7 Local Warehouse Biography- Literary
6 Remote Warehouse Reference- Writing

This title in other editions

Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life

by

Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Review:

"In this hybrid guide, meditation, and memoir, novelist and memoirist Shapiro (Devotion) shares thoughts and strategies on the act of writing and the writing life. Focusing on the creative process itself, Shapiro divides her book into three parts — Beginnings, Middles, and Ends — and sprinkles thoughts in from all corners. For example, 'Beginnings' contains ideas on how to begin a piece, as well as how to shore up self-confidence when young and just starting out. Unfortunately, the book suffers from a dearth of specifics in relation to craft. Concrete nuggets, such as an anecdote about unconsciously overusing the word 'muffled' — a repetition Shapiro thinks indicates a lack of closeness to her characters — are the exception, not the rule. More prevalent are inspirational statements such as: 'I reach for treasures in this underwater landscape. Ones that only I can see.... Courage is all about feeling the fear and doing it anyway.' Many of the clichés do contain truth — 'It is the job of the writer to say, look at that. To point. To shine a light' — but little in the book distinguishes it from a crowded field." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

“Everything I know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write.”

From the best-selling 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, meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing is an intimate and eloquent companion to living a creative life.

Through a blend of deeply personal stories about what formed her as a writer, tales from other authors, and a searching look at her own creative process, Shapiro offers her gift to writers everywhere: an elegant guide of hard-won wisdom and advice for staying the course. “The writers life requires courage, patience, empathy, openness. It requires the ability to be alone with oneself. Gentle with oneself. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks.” 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 brings her own revealing insights to weave an indispensable almanac for modern writers.

Like Anne Lamotts Bird by Bird, Virginia Woolfs A Writers Diary, and Stephen Kings On Writing, Dani Shapiros Still Writing is a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life.

About the Author

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black and 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802121400
Author:
Shapiro, Dani
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in

Other books you might like

  1. Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors... Used Trade Paper $0.95
  2. Make Good Art New Hardcover $12.99
  3. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I...
    Used Trade Paper $5.95
  4. Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your...
    New Trade Paper $14.95
  5. What Now?
    Used Hardcover $7.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Literary
Featured Titles » Culture
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Reference » Featured Titles
Reference » Writing » General
Reference » Writing » Nonfiction

Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$24.00 In Stock
Product details 256 pages Atlantic Monthly Press - English 9780802121400 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this hybrid guide, meditation, and memoir, novelist and memoirist Shapiro (Devotion) shares thoughts and strategies on the act of writing and the writing life. Focusing on the creative process itself, Shapiro divides her book into three parts — Beginnings, Middles, and Ends — and sprinkles thoughts in from all corners. For example, 'Beginnings' contains ideas on how to begin a piece, as well as how to shore up self-confidence when young and just starting out. Unfortunately, the book suffers from a dearth of specifics in relation to craft. Concrete nuggets, such as an anecdote about unconsciously overusing the word 'muffled' — a repetition Shapiro thinks indicates a lack of closeness to her characters — are the exception, not the rule. More prevalent are inspirational statements such as: 'I reach for treasures in this underwater landscape. Ones that only I can see.... Courage is all about feeling the fear and doing it anyway.' Many of the clichés do contain truth — 'It is the job of the writer to say, look at that. To point. To shine a light' — but little in the book distinguishes it from a crowded field." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
“Everything I know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write.”

From the best-selling 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, meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing is an intimate and eloquent companion to living a creative life.

Through a blend of deeply personal stories about what formed her as a writer, tales from other authors, and a searching look at her own creative process, Shapiro offers her gift to writers everywhere: an elegant guide of hard-won wisdom and advice for staying the course. “The writers life requires courage, patience, empathy, openness. It requires the ability to be alone with oneself. Gentle with oneself. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks.” 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 brings her own revealing insights to weave an indispensable almanac for modern writers.

Like Anne Lamotts Bird by Bird, Virginia Woolfs A Writers Diary, and Stephen Kings On Writing, Dani Shapiros Still Writing is a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.