By Dani Shapiro
“Everything i do know approximately existence, I realized from the day-by-day perform of sitting right down to write.”
From the best-selling writer of Devotion and gradual movement comes a witty, heartfelt, and functional examine the exhilarating and hard strategy of storytelling. right now a memoir, meditation at the creative method, and recommendation on craft, nonetheless Writing is an intimate and eloquent better half to dwelling an inventive life.
Through a mix of deeply own tales approximately what shaped her as a author, stories from different authors, and a looking examine her personal artistic approach, Shapiro bargains her present to writers all over the place: a chic consultant of hard-won knowledge and suggestion for staying the direction. “The writer’s existence calls for braveness, endurance, empathy, openness. It calls for the power to be by myself with oneself. light with oneself. To be disciplined, and while, take risks.” Writers—and somebody with a creative temperament—will locate notion and luxury in those pages. supplying classes discovered over 20 years of educating and writing, Shapiro brings her personal revealing insights to weave an crucial almanac for contemporary writers.
Like Anne Lamott’s poultry through poultry, Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary, and Stephen King’s On Writing, Dani Shapiro’s nonetheless Writing is a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life.
Novelist and memoirist Shapiro (Devotion, 2010) explores the traits of an artistic lifestyles whereas reflecting at the indelible dating among her personal reports and her writing perform. An finished writer, Shapiro presents perception into either craft and profession, keeping apart the textual content into 3 elements: “Beginnings,” “Middles,” and “Ends.” each one seems to be at sure literary efforts along daily demanding situations confronted on the diversified levels of the inventive procedure, from such normal pitfalls as procrastination to extra unwieldy, inner struggles, akin to uncertainty, restlessness, and self-doubt. Shapiro blends her own ideas with anecdotes from fellow writers, supplying various views and methods in navigating the calls for of writing. through the textual content, Shapiro weaves in reflections at the tougher conditions of her existence, together with an remoted youth, her father’s loss of life, and the complex dating together with her mom. In those moments, the narrative explores how such occasions formed and proficient Shapiro’s writing then and now. sincere and conversational, Shapiro presents an introspective check out the inventive technique and the worth of patience, providing suggestion for writers at any point. --Leah Strauss
"A functional, clever, and alluring consultant to [Shapiro's] 20-year trip as an writer and teacher."—Elle
"Still Writing bargains up a cornucopia of knowledge, insights, and functional classes gleaned from Dani Shapiro's lengthy adventure as a celebrated author and instructor of writing. The beneficiaries are starting writers, veteran writers and everybody in between."—Jennifer Egan
“Writers desire desire. Writers need assistance. thanks, Dani Shapiro." —Michael Cunningham
"Dani Shapiro has written a sensible, pragmatic, and soulful box consultant to the writing existence. nonetheless Writing is full of sincere phrases not to in simple terms dwell through yet write towards. Shapiro has created a well-drawn map for the misplaced, the weary, and the stumbled on. I enjoyed it." —Terry Tempest Williams
"One of these infrequent books that's either attractive and priceless. nonetheless Writing is an exploration of the writing lifestyles, lit up by way of Shapiro's luminous voice."—Susan Orlean
"A considerate exam of [Shapiro's] existence and the inventive procedure that has outlined it....Cleareyed, sincere and grounded."—Kirkus experiences