All books of advice for aspiring writers are double-edged swords. Much of Shapiro’s counsel will be seen as correct and astute, even inspirational, but when she describes just how difficult the act of daily writing is––”It’s hard––I know just how hard––and I hate to tell you this, but it doesn’t get easier”––one might come out more discouraged than encouraged. We know that Shapiro has already done it; she’s published novels and memoirs and numerous essays. Her assurance feels, at times, a bit hollow, much the way somebody describing, from the top of a mountain, just how arduous and dangerous the assent was doesn’t assist us in making the climb.
Still Writing By Dani Shapiro And Why I Read By Wendy Lesser by Jonathan Russell Clark