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  • 10 Essential Essays for Writers.

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    On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

    Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

    Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

    Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

    Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

    Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

    That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

    A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

    The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

    Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

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