Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction, Vol. 2: Inspiration and Discipline (v. 2)
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Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction, Vol. 2: Inspiration and Discipline (v. 2)

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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...more
Hardcover, Guide to Writing Fiction: Volume 2, 444 pages
Published June 18th 2007 by Writer's Digest Books
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Jennifer
A book of interviews with various writers of short stories. Lots of good stuff here on two of my favorite topics--where do the ideas come from and how do you find the ability to write them down. I was struck by how many writers asserted that to be a truly great story it has the surprise the author somewhere, has to go in some unforeseen direction. Lots of good--and contradictory--thoughts on writer's block as well. I love books full of contradictory thoughts.
Julie
Comprised of excerpts from past Glimmer Train interviews, this book and its companion (The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction: Building Blocks) are best for dipping into over time, rather than reading all at once.
Rebekah
Snippets from interviews that all together make writing feel a little mystical and unattainable. I could have used a little more "I'm writing this with the sounds of PBSkids coming from the next room", but maybe that's just me.

ETA: The section on writer's block had really stayed with me and I wanted to capture what I thought was the best quote before I have to take the book back to the library:
"What you get done really doesn't have only to do with how gifted you are, or how much ability you ha...more
Sue Seeger
I don't find I need much motivation to write, but still, some good tips.
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