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Making A Literary Life

(2002)
Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers
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As Carolyn See says, writing guides are like preachers on Sunday—there may be a lot of them, but you can't have too many, and there's always an audience of the faithful. And while Making a Literary Life is ostensibly a book that teaches you how to write, it really teaches you how to make your interior life into your exterior life, how to find and join that community of like-minded souls you're sure is out there somewhere.

Carolyn See distills a lifetime of experience as novelist, memoirist, critic, and creative-writing professor into this marvelously engaging how-to book. Partly the nuts and bolts of writing (plot, point of view, character, voice) and partly an inspirational guide to living the life you dream of, Making a Literary Life takes you from the decision to "become" a writer to three months after the publication of your first book. A combination of writing and life strategies (do not tell everyone around you how you yearn to be a writer; send a "charming note" to someone you admire in the industry five days a week, every week, for the rest of your life; find the perfect characters right in front of you), Making a Literary Life is for people not usually considered part of the literary loop: the non-East Coasters, the secret scribblers.

With sagacity, a magical sense of humor, and an abiding belief in the possibilities offered to "ordinary" people living "ordinary" lives, Carolyn See has summed up her life's work in a book so beguiling, irreverent, and giddily inspiring that you won't even realize it's changing your life until it already has.



Praise for this book

"If everyone who wants to be a writer would read this book there would be many more good writers, many more happy writers, and editors would be so overwhelmed by sweetness they would accept many more good books. So what are you waiting for? Read it!" - Ursula K Le Guin


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Hardback Editions

August 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers
Author(s): Carolyn See
ISBN: 0-679-46316-X / 978-0-679-46316-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

August 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers
Author(s): Carolyn See
ISBN: 0-345-44046-3 / 978-0-345-44046-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers
Author(s): Carolyn See
Publisher: Random House
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