Publication Date: 07/09/2017 ISBN: 9780711238206 Category:

Being a Writer

Travis Elborough

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: 07/09/2017 ISBN: 9780711238206 Category:



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Ever suspected that you might be the next J. K. Rowling? This gorgeously-presented guide collects pearls of wisdom, writerly techniques and candid tips from some of literature’s most accomplished names. From Roald Dahl’s meditative comparisons of writing and taking long walks to Richard Ford’s more forthright advice (i.e. “Don’t have children”, “Don’t drink and write at the same time”); here you’ll find wise words and inspiration aplenty to carry you that bit closer to penning your own bestseller.


The joys and challenges of being a writer are explored in this inspiring assemblage of wit, wisdom and hard-won practical advice from some of the world’s greatest authors musing on the art of writing and how they came to define themselves as writers. From Samuel Johnson in eighteenth-century London to Lorrie Moore in twenty-first-century Wisconsin, the contributors range from the canon to contemporary, covering more than 250 years, and come from all over the world. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this stunning anthology explores and illuminates the pleasures and pitfalls of the compulsion to write, with advice about the whole messy business of writing literature and what it takes to be a writer. The perfect gift for aspiring writers, curious readers, and anyone interested in what the world’s greatest authors have to say about the art of writing.

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