Books on Writing
- Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, which I've heard people raving about for years, but it just didn't occur to me to look it up in the SLNSW catalogue.
- Bernard Malamud's Talking Horse, which I looked at for the 'Why Fantasy?' chapter, but I discovered it had a whole bunch of other interesting stuff in it.
- Annie Dillard's Living by Fiction, because anything that woman writes is worth reading.
Here is a nugget from Lamott:
The great writers keep writing about the cold dark place within, the water under a frozen lake or the secluded, camouflaged hole. The light they shine on this hole, this pit, helps us cut away or step around the brush and brambles; then we can dance around the rim of the abyss, holler into it, measure it, throw rocks in it, and still not fall in. It can no longer swallow us up. And we can get on with things.