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
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
This is super short, under a hundred pages (or a hundred ...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."
And she suggests several books: Collected Story, by Grace Paley; Raymond Chandler's, The Long Goodbye; books by your Elizabeth McCracken, who reads and makes suggestions on all of her work. Short but pithy. An ...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
“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
“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
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
- "We all have ideas, sometimes good ones, not to mention the gift of emotional turmoil that every childhood provides. In short, the story is in us, and all we have to do is si ...more
Some bits of advice in this book ...more
She's entertaining and succinct.
Highly recommended for writers.
This little book is about how to write, but I found that so much of her advice and wisdom can be applied to any task that requires creativity. (There are many more of these tasks than people realize.)
"It turns out that the distance ...more
Still, I'll read anything Patchett pens. If you want even more insight into her writing life, I suggest picking up Truth & Beauty. It's her memo ...more
On making writing a priority:
I could see the genius in not having given 100 percent of myself over to writing before. It had kept me from ever having to come to terms with how good I was—or wasn’t. As long as something got in the way ...more
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