Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do

Author(s): Meredith Maran

Writing & Reading | Creativity

Twenty of America's bestselling authors share tricks, tips and secrets of the successful writing life. Anyone who's ever sat down to write a novel or even a story knows how exhilarating and heart breaking writing can be. So what makes writers stick with it? In Why We Write, twenty well-known authors candidly share what keeps them going and what they love most and least about their vocation. Includes answers from authors such as Jennifer Egan, Jodi Picoult, David Baldacci, Ann Patchett, Sue Grafton and James Frey.


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"Every story is a seed inside of me that starts to grow and grow, like a tumor, and I have to deal with it sooner or later." --Isabel Allende

Meredith Maran is the author of nine nonfiction books and the acclaimed novel "A Theory of Small Earthquakes." She's been writer-in-residence at UCLA and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, and a fellow at Yaddo, among other artist colonies. Her writing appears regularly in the "Boston Globe," "The Chicago Tribune," "The San Francisco Chronicle," and "People."

General Fields

  • : 9780452298156
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Plume
  • : July 2013
  • : United States
  • : April 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Meredith Maran
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 810.90054
  • : 288