Topic: Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard

I was poking around The Electric Typewriter ( today and I discovered a section entitled "15 Great Articles and Essays about Writing - Written by Great Authors."  The above titled article was the first one I read.  I haven't got around to reading another one, because her unique style of writing has kept me reading this one over and over again. I had never heard of Annie Dillard before.  I found this article to be very entertaining and inspiring and thought you might too.  Have you read anything by her?  What do you think of the article? … -drop.html

Re: Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard

Hey M.L. Dana. I've heard the name, but I've never read her. That said, writing one's heart out is often what I do. I've written a lot of bunkum, but I'd say I've also written some good stuff, though rating stories and other writing is highly subjective, imho.

Bird by Bird is another great book about writing. I forget the author's name. Peter Elbow has written some good works about writing.

I'll read the article and let you know what I think.

Re: Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard does have a unique style of writing. It speaks to the soul, inspires one to just dive in! Writing about what one likes is good common sense. If we try to make a telephone book exciting...

All in all, a great article, one worth reading again and again!

Re: Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard

Mike - thanks so much for your response.  Upon further research of Annie Dillard, I discovered that she won a Pulitzer for her non-fiction book, “Pilgrim at  Tinker Creek”, which I will put on my to-read list.  This essay just resonates with me, so many of her points encourage and inspire me and answer questions that I didn't even know that I had.  For example, as I go about my daily life I'm thinking always about writing my book and then I sit down to write and I can’t believe how hard it is!  I think she addresses that dilemma exactly with this passage:

“Why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic thought you advert to, about your fascination with something no one else understands? Because it is up to you. There is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain. It is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.”

Plus she uses words that I have never heard of and have to look-up (peritoneum) and references authors I’ve never heard of (Eudora Welty) and she includes little known interesting facts like the Michelangelo quote that I otherwise would never have known.  The learning never stops!  I’m still reading it over and over again.

I hope others will read and enjoy this article as much as I did.


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Re: Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard

Hey, M. L. Dana. Sorry for the late reply. A much less famous writer than her, Robert McCammon resonates with me strongly. His writing and storytelling challenge me a great deal. I just finished his The Queen of Bedlam, and let me tell you, it was just awesome!! I'm not saying you have to read it, but if you like a story that's very long, is a mystery, and takes place in New York and London in the very early 1700s, then you might check it out. It's the 2nd book in a series, the first, also great, was Speaks the Nightbird. Both books and the others that go with have plenty of humor, too.

Didn't mean to get off the topic of Annie Dillard. I just thought this might tie in some.