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The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
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Apr 20, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in April, 2008

I loved the passion which Annie Dillard pours into this painful romance between the writer and the words. She speaks honestly and straightforwardly and poetically of the joys and terrors, the triumphs and struggles of writing. It drew me in; YES, I want to be a writer! There is an ache that writing fills. And in the same moment; NO, don't condemn me to such a terrible struggle.

As Dillard said in one passage:
"I do not so much write a book as sit up with a dying friend. During visiting hours, I enter its room with dread and sympathy for its many disorders. I hold its hand and hope it will get better. This tender relationship can change in a twinkling. If you skip a visit or two, a work in progress will turn on you. A work in progress quickly becomes feral. It reverts to a wild state overnight."
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