Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “On Being a Writer” as Want to Read:
On Being a Writer
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

On Being a Writer

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This book will make you feel good about being a writer, and reveal to you the writing secrets of the pros. Knowing that every writer has endured at least one frustrating setback, knowing that even really great writers suffer from grave insecurities and self doubt, knowing that others of your calling feel the same driving force to write that you do, makes it all a little ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Writer's Digest Books (first published January 1st 1989)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about On Being a Writer, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about On Being a Writer

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-3
Average rating 3.87  · 
Rating details
 ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews

Sort order
Start your review of On Being a Writer
Gayle Pritchard
A good read, if somewhat dated.
Jessica Morgan
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the interviews with various authors.
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
A collection of author interviews from the 60s-80s. Some quotes:

Marsha Norman: “To support myself as a playwright, I write movies, which is what most successful playwrights do to earn a living. When you have gained national success in the theater, it’s like being awarded a gold medal in the Olympics. If you’re a skater, you can look forward to a job with the Ice Capades. It’s the commercial version of the art.”

Hemingway, when asked about the rumor that he takes a pitcher of martinis to his
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »