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On Being a Writer

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  4 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 mo ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Writer's Digest Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Gayle Pritchard
A good read, if somewhat dated.
Toni Wyatt
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
A series of interviews and one letter with authors of renown. A lot of the interviews took place between the 60s and 80s. Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, William Faulkner, Kurt Vonnegut, Jean Auel, Madeleine L'Engle, and many more.

There is much to be gathered here for the writer, but there are also many things to avoid. While the nuggets of wisdom are fascinating, the narcissism and male chauvinism is rampant. It wasn't a good look then, and it's really not a good one now.

Worth reading for th
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 writ
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