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Why I write : thoughts on the practice of fiction

Author: Will Blythe
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ed
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What makes the great American fiction writers tick? Like so many of us, editor Will Blythe was intrigued by the question. His curiosity led him to ask twenty-six of the most exciting and accomplished novelists of our time why they do what they do. To pursue a vocation like fiction writing these days demands an almost religious sense of mission, with little chance of making a living, let alone a fortune; (And yet it  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Will Blythe
ISBN: 0316102296 9780316102292
OCLC Number: 957495893
Notes: Twenty-five original essays on writing.
Description: xxv, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction / Will Blythe. --
At the point of my pen / Norman Mailer. --
Uncanny the singing that comes from certain husks / Joy Williams. --
Where does writing come from? / Richard Ford. --
A am a ... Genius! / Thom Jones. --
Some for glory, some for praise / James Salter. --
That's what dogs do / Amy Hempel. --
Stories / Pat Conroy. --
Writing and a life lived well: notes on Allan Gurganus / Ann Patchett. --
Easing my heart inside / Terry McMillan. --
Why the daily writing of fiction matters / Rich Bass. --
Phobia and composition / Rick Moody & Margaret F.M. Davis. --
Secret agent / Denis Johnson. --
The lousy rider / Elizabeth Gilbert. --
Writing / William Vollmann. --
For the money / Mark Jacobson. --
Why I write / Stephen Wright. --
Everything else falls away / Lee Smith. --
The nature of the fun / David Foster Wallace. --
Why I write, or not / Jim Harrison. --
The wolf in the tail grass / Mary Gaitskill. --
Rent retards the revolution! / Darius James. --
The war we can't win, we can't lose, we can't quit / Barry Hannah. --
Collecting myself / Tom Chiarella. --
Why she writes / Jayne Anne Phillips. --
In silence / Robert Stone. --
Who is that man tied to the mast? / Mark Richard.
Responsibility: edited by Will Blythe.

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What makes the great American fiction writers tick? Like so many of us, editor Will Blythe was intrigued by the question. His curiosity led him to ask twenty-six of the most exciting and accomplished novelists of our time why they do what they do. To pursue a vocation like fiction writing these days demands an almost religious sense of mission, with little chance of making a living, let alone a fortune; (And yet it sometimes seems there are more fiction writers than readers!) This anthology offers a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the imaginative processes of some of America's best writers.
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