Because You Have To: A Writing Life


Because You Have To: A Writing Life

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Part memoir, part handbook, part survey of the contemporary literary scene, Joan Frank s Because You Have To: A Writing Life is a collection of essays that, taken together, provide a walking tour of the writing life. Frank s aim is to form a coherent vision, one that may provide some communion about realities of the writer s vocation that have struck her as rarely revealed.

Frank offers what she has learned as a writer not only to other writers, but to those to whom good writing matters. Her insights about “thinking on paper” are never dogmatic or pontifical; rather, they are cordial and intellectually welcoming.

Original, witty, and practical, Frank ably steers us through the journey of her own life as a writer, as well as through the careers and work of other writers. Her subjects range widely, from the “boot camp” conditioning of marketing work to squaring off with rejection and envy; from sustaining belief in art s necessity to the baffling subjectivity of litera