The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
So writes Ann Patchett in "The Getaway Car", a wry, wisdom-packed memoir of her life as a writer. Here, for the first time, one of America’s most celebrated authors ("State of Wonder", "Bel Canto" ...more
When I was younger, mostly middle school and high school, I read books on writing. I never wrote much myself, as I knew that most of what I would attempt would be ...more
This is super short, under a hundred pages (or a hundred ...more
Answers to these questions are supplied by novelist Ann Patchett in The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life. It's like a FAQ for aspiring writers.
Do you need to get an MFA in Creative Writing? Not if it means going into debt, according the prudent Patchett.
Should you turn your desk away from the window, to avoid distractions? "Desk positionin ...more
"I believe that, more than anything else, this grief of constantly having to face our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing."
“It's a wonderful thing to find a great teacher, but you also have to find him or her at a time in life when you're able to liste ...more
“The journey from the head to the hand is perilous and lined with bodies. It is the road on which nearly everyone who wants to write—and many of the people who do write—get lost.”So writes Ann Patchett in "The Getaway Car", a wry, wisdom-packed memoir of her life as a writer. Here, for the first time, one of America’s most celebrated authors ("State of Wonder", "Bel Canto", "Truth and Beauty"), talks at length about her literary career—the highs and the lows—and shares advice on the craft and ar...more
This short piece essentially says feel free to dig out that inner great novel yourself because she’s not going to write it for you. Just realize that you’ll need talent, drive, dis ...more
Also, I read several anecdotes out loud to my husband because they were so funny!
But my favorite section was the one on her friendships with other writers, which was so true and so powerful. I loved ...more
This book will be featured on SummerBooks in the coming weeks.
She's entertaining and succinct.
Highly recommended for writers.
I never learned how to take the beautiful thing in my imagination and put it on paper without feeling I killed it along the way. I did, however, learn how to weather the death, and I learned how to forgive myself for it.
I have the same thing; when I write something, it is always different from the way I had imagined it, and I hate that. (I even feel like that about these short reviews.) It was very comforting to hear that Patchett has the same problem, and th ...more
I enjoyed the mini memoir and plan to read it again for inspiration every year.
She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was six, where she continues to live. Patchett said she loves her home in Nashville with her doctor husband and dog. If asked if she could go any place, that place would always be home. "Home is ...the stable window that opens out into the imagination."
Patchett attended hi ...more