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The Faith of a Writer by Joyce Carol Oates
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Mar 08, 2009

it was amazing
Read in March, 2009

Such an elegant writer. This is one of the best books on writing that I have read, and I have read my share. I copied this for my writing workshop: Since writing is ideally a balance between the private vision and the public world, the one passionate and often inchoate, the other formally constructed, quick to categorize and assess, it's necessary to thin of this art as a craft. Without craft, art remains private, Without art, craft is merely hackwork." I mean, really, what more is there to say. That being said, there's lots of other advice in here too -- including whose short stories and novels to read to learn various aspects of the craft. All you reading-writers out there, I highly recommend!
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message 1: by Susan (new)

Susan Elaine, thank you for the recommendation! I hadn't been aware of it and now it's going on my to-read list...

message 2: by Edwin (new) - added it

Edwin B Elaine, thanks, you got me interested, I'll put in my to-read list.

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