“When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a woodcarver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow,” writes Annie Dillard in this reissue of the 1989 classic The Writing Life, which tracks, step by step, the writing process of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the emotional landscape a writer can undergo when writing something new. With an intimate and direct second-person point of view, these essays invite the reader into the mindset of a writer encountering inspiration every day and looking for ways to practically apply those observations to the writing of a book. For newcomers and experienced writers alike, this book welcomes all to participate in the creative process and outlines how to do so in the most practical and inspiring ways.
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