Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers

3.97 avg rating
( 1,218 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780345440464: Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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.
From the Hardcover edition.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

“This guide to literary success is wonderfully original and smart and funny and down-to-earth—just what desperate beginning writers desperately need.”
—Alison Lurie

“This is a terrific and extremely useful book for anyone who wants to write. Carolyn See is brilliant and funny, crabby and tender and wise.”
—Anne Lamott

“Wise, witty, practical, mordant, funny, this is the only guide to becoming a writer that may actually work. It’s a primer on Carolyn See: great artist, large soul.”
—James Ellroy

“Carolyn See doesn’t just tell you to sharpen your pencils, she shows you how to sharpen your wits.”
—Rita Mae Brown

“After reading Making a Literary Life, I have decided to abandon my present career and become an aspirant writer, this time guided by Carolyn See’s wonderfully instructive (and readable) book.”
—William F. Buckley, Jr.

“Carolyn See has been giving me lessons on writing and living since my first book came out, and when Carolyn See talks, I obey. I bow down in gratitude. We should rejoice at this serious, joyful, irreverent, and very practical book.”
—Elizabeth Benedict

“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

About the Author:

Carolyn See is the author of nine books. She is the Friday-morning book reviewer for The Washington Post and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, PEN/West International, and the advisory board of the Modern Library. She has won both a Guggenheim and a Getty fellowship, and currently teaches English at UCLA. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
From the Hardcover edition.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780679463160: Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  067946316X ISBN 13:  9780679463160
Publisher: Random House, 2002
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

See, Carolyn
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2003. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # KS-9780345440464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.25
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

SEE, CAROLYN
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0345440463

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Carolyn See
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. From the Hardcover edition. Seller Inventory # AAS9780345440464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

See, Carolyn
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2003. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780345440464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Carolyn See
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. From the Hardcover edition. Seller Inventory # AAS9780345440464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Carolyn See
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. 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. From the Hardcover edition. Seller Inventory # BTE9780345440464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.92
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

See, Carolyn
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0345440463 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2132204337

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

See, Carolyn
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0345440463. Seller Inventory # Z0345440463ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

See, Carolyn
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0345440463. Seller Inventory # Z0345440463ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

See, Carolyn
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 10: 0345440463 ISBN 13: 9780345440464
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0345440463. Seller Inventory # Z0345440463ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book