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Why I write : thoughts on the craft of fiction

Author: Will Blythe
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
In this anthology, 26 writers illuminate the motivations at the heart of their creative lives in original essays that are as surprising and varied as their fiction. The contributors include Pat Conroy, Norman Mailor, Rick Moody and David Foster Wallace.

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Genre/Form: Essays
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Will Blythe
ISBN: 0316102296 9780316102292 0316115924 9780316115926
OCLC Number: 39007157
Notes: Twenty-six original essays on writing.
Description: xxv, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction / Will Blythe. --
At the point of my pen / Norman Mailer. --
Uncanny the singing that comes from certain husks / Joy Williams. --
Where does writing come from? / Richard Ford. --
I am a ... Genius! / Thom Jones. --
Some for glory, some for praise / James Salter. --
That's what dogs do / Amy Hempel. --
Stories / Pat Conroy. --
Writing and a life lived well: notes on Allan Gurganus / Ann Patchett. --
Easing my heart inside / Terry McMillan. --
Why the daily writing of fiction matters / Rich Bass. --
Phobia and composition / Rick Moody & Margaret F.M. Davis. --
Secret agent / Denis Johnson. --
The lousy rider / Elizabeth Gilbert. --
Writing / William Vollmann. --
For the money / Mark Jacobson. --
Why I write / Stephen Wright. --
Everything else falls away / Lee Smith. --
The nature of the fun / David Foster Wallace. --
Why I write, or not / Jim Harrison. --
The wolf in the tall grass / Mary Gaitskill. --
Rent retards the revolution! / Darius James. --
The war we can't win, we can't lose, we can't quit / Barry Hannah. --
Collecting myself / Tom Chiarella. --
Why she writes / Jayne Anne Phillips. --
In silence / Robert Stone. --
Who is that man tied to the mast? / Mark Richard.
Responsibility: edited by Will Blythe.


A unique anthology of essays by leading authors on the deeply personal subject of what motivates them to write.  Read more...


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These brief essays often amount to writers stripping themselves shivering naked, and answering, with truth and emotion, that very personal very private question. * Baltimore SUN * Shrewd and poignant Read more...

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