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In her new book of heartfelt essays, [Friedman] takes on the fearsome bugaboos of envy, jealousy, guilt and other distractions that have sometimes blocked or hobbled her own writing, and she has fashioned medicinal anedcotes about them that should help other writers work through their troubles.
The book, Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life, uses a personal narrative, other writers' experiences and sound advice to identify and bridge the potholes that every writer confronts.
It is primarily about a writer's emotional life and not merely the cold stylings of technique. The caliber of Friedman's craft itself is instructive and invigorating - better than even Annie Dillard's in The Writing Life, which, by comparison, seems uninvolving and aloof. With Friedman, the shirt sleeves are rolled up, the sweat is on the brow, and hard-earned solutions are at hand.