Some Writing Advice from Annie Dillard


Annie Dillard is one of my favorite writers. Her Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a wonder of exuberant prose. If you’ve ever read anything by Dillard — especially her early stuff — you’ll agree that she lives by these words.

My only objection is what seems like false humility. Ms. Dillard certainly knows more than a “few things” about writing.

“One of the few things I know about writing is this: Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book. Give it, give it all, give it now.” ~Annie Dillard

Care to discuss what she means by this? I’d love to talk about it in the comment section below!

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  1. Rhonda Barfield
    Rhonda Barfield08-13-2014

    Dillard is one of my husband’s all-time favorite writers, and this is one of his all-time favorite quotes about writing. Thanks for sharing.

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