165th out of 393 books — 636 voters
Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction
by Will Blythe
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.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Back Bay Books
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highly recommended to anyone who writes. not only incredibly inspirational, but also quite entertaining and insightful. some people may walk away feeling inadequately prepared for the writing life, as i did after reading some of these anecdotes. but many of these essays do beautifully illustrate the compulsion to create art, and the sacrifices that so often must be made. thom jones' essay here is especially compelling -- i find myself returning to it time and time again.
There were a lot of different opinions, many were valid, but many just seemed like wasted space, like even the author didn't believe what they were saying. I will keep it on my shelf, with the sticky notes intact to mark pages where I found the most insight.
A list of well-known authors mixed with their short rumination on why they write (specifically fiction). While interesting, and sometimes insightful providing a few "ahhh I get that" moments, it wasn't an overly fresh read in the books of a similar style.
I have thought about writing. Really. I've thought about the poverty and destitution that it would surely entail. This book made me think about it harder. It actually made me crave a writer's existence- full of ideas and void of cash. Remember that this review is coming from a person that finds ant hills motivational.