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For Writers Only

For Writers Only - 94 edition

For Writers Only - 94 edition

ISBN13: 9780345404053

ISBN10: 034540405X

For Writers Only by Sophy Burnham - ISBN 9780345404053
Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: Ballantine Books, Inc.
Published: 1994
International: No
For Writers Only by Sophy Burnham - ISBN 9780345404053

ISBN13: 9780345404053

ISBN10: 034540405X

Edition: 94

Summary

''I see but one rule: to be clear.'' --Stendhal If only it were as easy for most writers as it was for Stendhal. The truth about the act of writing is much more varied, even violent. In fact, there seem to be as many contradictory admonitions about how to go about doing it as there are writers themselves. With that in mind, writer Sophy Burnham has collected the thoughts of some of the greatest writers and laced them with her own observations and experiences of the writer's life. With an emphasis on the emotions that writing wrings from those who practice it, Burnham writes about beginning a work prematurely, the ecstasy when the writing is really flowing, the crash that can follow the flight and how to pick yourself up and continue. Here you will find the motto Zola kept in his workroom (No day without lines), where Agatha Christie plotted her books (in the bathtub eating apples), and what James Thurber's wife replied when a dinner guest observed a strange expression on her husband's face (Don't be concerned. He's only writing). Most of all, you will be reassured, enlightened, and inspired to learn that, in your own writing struggles, you are not alone.