Why We Write

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Why We Write

20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do

By Meredith Maran (Editor)

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452298156, 228pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 2013

Description
Twenty of America's bestselling authors share tricks, tips, and secrets of the successful writing life.
Anyone who's ever sat down to write a novel or even a story knows how exhilarating and heartbreaking writing can be. So what makes writers stick with it? In "Why We Write," twenty well-known authors candidly share what keeps them going and what they love most--and least--about their vocation.
Contributing authors include:
Isabel Allende
David Baldacci
Jennifer Egan
James Frey
Sue Grafton
Sara Gruen
Kathryn Harrison
Gish Jen
Sebastian Junger
Mary Karr
Michael Lewis
Armistead Maupin
Terry McMillan
Rick Moody
Walter Mosley
Susan Orlean
Ann Patchett
Jodi Picoult
Jane Smiley
Meg Wolitzer.


About the Author
Meredith Maran, a passionate reader and writer of memoirs, is the author of thirteen nonfiction books and the acclaimed 2012 novel, "A Theory Of Small Earthquakes." Meredith also writes book reviews, essays, and features for newspapers and magazines including "People, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Salon.com, "and "More." A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Meredith lives in a restored historic bungalow in Los Angeles, and on Twitter at @meredithmaran. Her next memoir, about starting over in Los Angeles, will be out from Blue Rider Press in 2017.


Praise For Why We Write

“If writing were illegal I’d be in prison. I can’t not write. It’s a compulsion.” —David Baldacci

“When I’m writing... I’m living in two different dimensions: this life I’m living now…and this completely other world I’m inhabiting that no one else knows about.” —Jennifer Egan

“Every story is a seed inside of me that starts to grow and grow, like a tumor, and I have to deal with it sooner or later.” —Isabel Allende

“In the beginning, it was that sense of losing time. Now…I have the sense that I can biff the world a bit. I can exert a force.” —Michael Lewis