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~EBOOK ☤ Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors ♭ Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, Joan Didion, Franz Kafka, David Foster Wallace, And In Process, Acclaimed Journalist Sarah Stodola Examines The Creative Methods Of Literature S Most Transformative Figures Each Chapter Contains A Mini Biography Of One Of The World S Most Lauded Authors, Focused Solely On His Or Her Writing Process Unlike How To Books That Preach Writing Techniques Or Rules, Process Puts The True Methods Of Writers On Display In Their Most Captivating Incarnation Within The Context Of The Lives From Which They Sprang Drawn From Both Existing Material And Original Research And Interviews, Stodola Brings To Light The Fascinating, Unique, And Illuminating Techniques Behind These Literary Behemoths
It s good to know that the greats were all crazy too Everyone has their own mountain to scale and I am not special.Loved the Day in the life of a writer sections they gave me a lot of great ideas to test out Very interesting read. I write a bit of fiction myself and it s always interesting to take a peek behind the curtain to see how successful writers operate In Process, Sarah Stodola shares a series of profiles detailing, briefly, the writing lives of famous authors ranging from Edith Wharton to Junot Diaz This book is interesting and inspiring, and even has a good idea or two that could be helpful to aspiring writers It s comforting to see how much the great novelists struggle to get words on the page Stephen King s On Writing is even better than this book So if you re a King fan who wants writing help and inspiration On Writing might be a better place to go for it. Loved this book It s perfect for someone that loves reading about authors and how they write I thought the author sounded legit, informed, and was straightforward I liked how she stayed on course and didn t get lost in the author s personal lives no matter how crazy they were One thing she used the word crystalline entirely too much TEN stars for this book From Kafka to Kerouc, Didion to Diaz, this paints the big picture of how writers write Each author, from the classic to the current are profiled in terms of their writing lives, techniques, dreams and a day in the life Myths are dispelled, truths revealed, and enough affirmation and inspiration for all who endeavor to put worlds on the page I mean, of course, words Or did I This belongs on your writers shelf between Anatomy of Story and Xray Writing Excellent on Audible This book had been recommended by a member of a local writers group I d attended It includes a concise, and comprehensive glimpse into the writing styles, and lifestyles, of 18 well known authors, with a great summary paragraph at the end of each segment I thought it was helpful, because it gave personal information on each, with some struggling to get anything written down, yet completing great works of literature It shows how writing draws from the very depths of the author s heart and soul, and in every case incorporated parts of that person s life, developed, restructured into different persons by means of the characters in the novel The characters taking on a life of their own, and follow the path placed before them by the author What was most amazing to me was the fact that many of the novels did, in fact, take years to bring to fruition, then finally, to publication It gave me a sense of it being, somehow, okay, and to let the work in progress do just that progress, at its own time, in its own way, because that novel does, in the end, have a life of its own I definitely recommend this book as a valuable read, no matter by a reader, or writer, or reader writerlol really, I think everyone would find this an interesting book. This should be required reading for avid readers so they can appreciate the process an author endures Likewise, any one aspiring to write might benefit from this book. Useful, but only so soThis book gives some interesting insights into how, when,.and where famous writers do their thing, as well as their background and inspirations However, the sections tend to be slow and repetitive, and the authors are mostly in literary fiction A dozen or so contemporary popular writers added to the mix would have been nice. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.Published by Publishing, January 20, 2015What are we looking for when we look at the lives of great writers I would assume many of us want the dirt the broken relationships, alcohol problems, madness and eccentric behaviors we associate with artistic types This is not a book about those things Process The Writing Lives of Great Authors, is exactly what it says it is These are not biographies of writers in the grand sense, but a focused look at the schedules, behaviors and work preferences of particularly successful and memorable authors In the introduction, Stodola states her intent to create a book that is of interest to both writers and general readers, and while probably true, I think it may skew slightly towards writers than fans of particular authors The information that has been rigorously gathered by Stodola and rigorously cited this book is 20% end notes is fascinating, though occasionally on the dry side There are bits of interesting trivia to be had, and lots of encouragement if you are looking for writers that succeeded despite strange or unexpected working habits.All of the writers chosen are novelists, in that they have published at least one novel, and all began publication in the 20th and 21st centuries The chapters each cover a pair of writers, placed together either because of a similarity or to compare and contrast There are the Nine to Fivers Kafka and Morrison , the Productive Procrastinators DFW and Richard Price , and others defined by their particular style or habits Later chapters contrast the Social Butterfly Fitzgerald with the Lone Wolf Roth The closing chapter looks at the different approaches of Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith in relation to technology specifically the internet and social media Each is straightforward and mostly undramatic, with lots of quotable facts sprinkled throughout, like Virginia Woolf s preference for purple ink, or Vladimir Nabokov s habit of writing in the bathtub Each author s entry ends with A Day in the Writer s Life segment, which is interesting but unnecessary, as it really just sums up what was already covered in the longer text.In the end, what Process does, aside from providing an enjoyable look at famous authors, is show us that there is no one correct or commendable way to write There is always a lot of talk about writers absolutely having to write something every day, establish set times and word counts, which the many examples in this book proves to be untrue, or at least nebulous There is no one way to write, and even the hardest circumstances don t have to limit a writer s potential, if the drive is there Joyce went blind, Woolf and DFW dealt with severe mental illness, Nabokov was a perpetual refugee, Morrison was a single mother, Kafka was thwarted by his family, Rushdie was driven into hiding by a fatwa and yet they all worked within their limits to the best of their abilities, and we are still reading their work and analyzing their lives today Cross posted at Booklikes I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Process is a book about writers and their routines or lack thereof , collating information about a vast number of writings, from Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf through to Junot Diaz and David Foster Wallace, amongst many others The book itself is split into sections, aggregating authors with similar processes speed of writing, avoidance or embracing of the Internet, for example into each section.Stoloda has performed an impressive amount of research to write this book, and should one wish, there are an abundance of footnotes to chase up on individual authors if you wish to read about them and their process I personally find this kind of stuff fascinating, and what s most fascinating of all is how much individual processes differ If there s a clear message from this book, it s that there is no magic bullet to writing process, but merely what works for each individual.If you re a writer yourself, or simply fascinated by writers, then Process is well worth getting hold of.