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12 Essential Essays for Writers

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On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen King - Short, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil Gaiman - A meditation on inspriation

Those Words That Echo…Echo…Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid - Another great essay from the the New York Times Writers on Writing series

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Sarah McElrath's insight:

Love the different perspectives and the commonalities.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 2, 2014 11:27 AM

Writers on writing... always worth reading.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, November 4, 2014 1:37 PM

Looks like a great list

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The Shapes of Stories

The Shapes of Stories | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Via Gregg Morris, Dennis T OConnor, Jim Lerman
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kenekaplan's curator insight, January 19, 2013 7:26 PM

And video of Kurt Vonnegut at the chalkboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ

Angela Antle's comment, January 30, 2013 8:15 AM
Fun graphic of most effective story shapes