I wondered what kind of insights I might pick up from the book.While it was super interesting to read all about King’s life and career, I haven’t purchased another book specifically about writing since then.
The book’s co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world.
Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is experienced by artmakers themselves.”“Gardner’s lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics—from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence.
They’re figuring out what makes each chapter, each paragraph, and each theme come together to create the finished product.
reading books in your niche, and applying what you learn to your own work, will be more useful than reading a book about writing.
If you’re pinched for time, I recommend finding a good book list and going through it.
You only have so many hours, and you want to spend them well.An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life.Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published twenty five years ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.”“With profound empathy and radiant generosity, Gilbert offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration.By all means, read books and articles in which writers write about writing (okay, this is turning into a tongue twister). In elementary school, we learned about the difference between active and passive reading.I love seeing where my favorite writers on Medium find inspiration and get their thoughts down on paper. The passive reader skims the words, flips the pages, and reaches the end of the book without gaining much from it.Becoming a better writer isn’t just about learning grammar and and syntax. It’s about becoming a well-rounded communicator — someone who knows the rules and understands how to break them.In January 2014, I got stuck in an airport with my family.), Delany also examines the condition of the contemporary creative writer and how it differs from that of the writer in the years of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the high Modernists.Like a private writing tutorial, “Explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn’t get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.“Brilliantly synthesizes Hass’s formidable gifts as both a poet and a critic and reflects his profound education in the art of poetry.Starting with the exploration of a single line as the basic gesture of a poem, and moving into an examination of the essential expressive gestures that exist inside forms, Hass goes beyond approaching form as a set of traditional rules that precede composition, and instead offers penetrating insight into the true openness and instinctiveness of formal creation.”“After almost a half a century of scrupulous devotion to his art, Jorge Luis Borges personally compiled this anthology of his work—short stories, essays, poems, and brief mordant ‘sketches,’ which, in Borges’s hands, take on the dimensions of a genre unique in modern letters.