Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers

Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers

by Carolyn See
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Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Making a Literary Life by author Carolyn See is simply a fun book to read. One of the endearing things Ms. See does is to sprinkle the book with self-deprecating remarks which serve to tumble her down to the level of us trepidated and unpublished writers. Being intensely hopeful of embarking on my own writing life, I often found myself laughing out loud at her wit and her naked exposé of the dream I imagined to be 'the writer's life'. Making a Literary Life addresses so many issues facing the new writer I could write a book about her book. From advising us not to admit we aspire to being a writer 'because it bores acquaintances and frightens family' to urging us to scratch-out one thousand words a day, to effortlessly 'and I do mean without effort' conjuring up enough characters to fill a dozen books, to how to handle the I.R.S., Carolyn See explains it all. Using a writing style that is as far from a textbook as Michael Tyson ever was, reading this book is not a chore but more like ripping through a fast-paced Michael Chrichton novel. As a reader of more than an armload of titles about writing, and having been a writer since my days of etching microscopic font in my multiple-volume diaries of the 1960s: The Life Works of a Crazed Zambizi Butterfly, I can give Making a Literary Life - Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers my highest recommendation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carolyn See did what has become fashionable among successful writers these days... publish a book on the writing craft. Carolyn's however, is a standout! Her charming way with words makes this work interesting enough, but more important with blunt honesty, she tells it like it is for those who wish to turn their dream into reality. Sound advice and a little reality check are in store for readers. She takes much of the mystery out of writing success, but tempers it with things often missed in other how to books on the subject. I espically like her way of presenting her blueprint as a lifestyle and not just suggesting how to write. I found this to be personally a valuable reading experiance and highly suggest others will too.
KCKell More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written with wonderful advice for aspiring writers. Carolyn See's story is witty, wise and honest.
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