Monday, November 17, 2014

The Difficulties of THE WRITING LIFE

NaNoWriMo Day 17: This weekend was big for you NaNoWriMo-ers, you've surpassed the halfway mark!! Can you believe it? You're just a couple more weeks from victory! On the other hand, you might be thinking. "I've been writing for weeks, how am I only half way?!" Well, if you're in need of some advice and a helpful dose of empathy, it's time to pick up a copy of The Writing Life by Annie Dillard. 

Annie Dillard has written eleven books and understands the struggle that comes with being a writer. In The Writing Life, she discusses the difficult and yet wonderful existence of a writer's life. With stories from her own writing and experiences, she imparts a wealth of wisdom for other writers. Here's how she starts out:

"When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner's pick, a woodcarver's gouge, a surgeon's probe. you wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you just located the real subject? You will know tomorrow...."

The Writing Life, is small but mighty (At just over 100pages, you can make time for it!) and with Dillard's advice on commitment and passion, it will give you the push you need to finish your project.

Get your copy here!

Don't forget to track your progress on our chart. Tweet us at @HarperAcademic (by 12/1) when you've hit 50,000 words for your chance to win a HarperCollins bundle of books!

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