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Confessions of a Busy Mom Who Became an Independent Novelist

Annie Dillard’s “The Writing Life”

If we are to be writers, then we must be readers. 

I requested “The Writing Life” from my local library because I had seen a quote from it on another blog.  I have never read anything by Annie Dillard before now and I was curious.

This book described very metaphorically the artistic process of writing. I love metaphors. I am impressed, humbled and inspired by this book. This isn’t a how-to book, but more of a love song or poem to the craft of writing by a full time writer, one who writes in far more austere conditions than I do.

This is a short book. It should be savored slowly.  

Periodically I will post more impressions of books here.  I’m going to call it “The Ten Minute Reader” entries.

I am also willing to take suggestions on what else to read, besids my search for a great contemporary novel.

Any ideas?



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2 Responses to “Annie Dillard’s “The Writing Life””

  1. I really love Annie Dillard’s writing, although I haven’t read the work you mention here.

    Another great book on writing is Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande — I’m reading it right now and it’s helping me to view myself as a writer.

    Thanks for giving us such great “tips” on making writing WORK in our busy lives. I will especially use your ideas when we start back with our homeschooling schedule next month. I love your blog and your ideas.


  2. admin


    I’m going to read the book you recommend. It goes on a very lengthy list.

    Oh, dear, I have to start school too!

    I’ll be honest with you. I don’t completely have my act together. I’ll be teaching four this fall, for the first time. So
    you might expect this blog to be filled with “What Not To Do’s”.

    But I do have a highly technical strategy: GO SLOWLY AND WALK IN GRACE.

    We’ll see if that works.

    Thanks for commenting. It made my day.


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