Honk If You're a Writer: Unabashed Advice, Undiluted Experience, and Unadulterated Inspiration for Writers and Writers-to-Be

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671778132
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Pages: 288

Table of Contents

Overture: Being and Nuttiness 13
1 The Writer's First Cries 19
2 Goosing the Muse: What Triggers Writing 24
3 Fishtraps and Cornfields: Studying to Write 32
4 Little Deaths and First Principles: Secrets of Two Writers Workshops 39
5 Sharp Eyes, Hard Nose: The Writer as Journalist 48
6 Between John F. and William Kennedy: Lessons of the Newsroom 55
7 Free to Write Full-Time: The Killer Dream 61
8 Sexual Solitude in a Fool's Paradise: A Tale of Writing at Home 73
9 Word Maven: How to Support the Literary Habit as a Hack of All Trades 85
10 Pleasing the Editorial Gods: Advice from a Minor Godlet 97
11 Crashing the Gates: More Trade Secrets 107
12 Hearts at Risk: The Struggle to Write, Love, and Be Loved 117
13 The Pit and the Pinnacle: Chills of Getting Published 128
14 Sounding Like a Writer: A Way With Words 141
15 Sounding Like a Writer: A Way With Style 150
16 "I Can't Go on": Writer's Block 160
17 Writing for a Living: You Die 172
18 Contracts That Kill: The Book Deal and Beyond 182
19 Honk If You're a Poet: The Syntax of Success, With Billy Collins 196
20 The Electronic Imperative: High-Tech Literacy for Writers 209
21 Facing the Grim Reapers: Obsolescence and Obscurity 222
Epilogue: Honking as Myself: The Final Secret 233
Appendix: The Writer's Pocket Advisor: Honk's Practical Answers to Sixty-Four Agonizing Questions 237
Index 281
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