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The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About…

The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

by Ann Patchett

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Well-written description of her life as an author and her advice to aspiring authors. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Loved this. Wise, generous, funny and enormously encouraging. Like a much-needed pep talk from a trusted friend. Writing a novel? I can't see how you could fail to benefit from reading this. ( )
  Melanielgarrett | Apr 2, 2013 |
A quick read, [b:The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life|12471186|The Getaway Car A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life|Ann Patchett|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327959429s/12471186.jpg|17455290] is [a:Ann Patchett|2531|Ann Patchett|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1305862228p2/2531.jpg]'s addition to the "How I Write" niche, and she handles the topic the topic nicely and neatly.

Those looking for shortcuts to writing fame should probably continue their search elsewhere; Patchett is practical and blunt, and her advice applies to pretty much any writing endeavor (fiction, non-fiction, commercial).

Sit down and write, and if you can't do that, then just sit there until you do.

She described the writing fellowship that largely launched her career (envious), and the steps she took later when her writing life was complicated by interviews, travel and other trappings of a "successful" writer.

In one instance, she simply committed to writing an hour a day every day for a month, and because it worked so well, she kept doing it:

"...but it also worked because my life had gotten so complicated and I needed a simple set of rules."

A short, interesting read, it's a quick, interesting glimpse into yet another writer's life, the details of which are remarkably similar to the lives of other working writers, but still intriguing. ( )
  TCWriter | Mar 31, 2013 |
Nice straight forward advice from Ann Patchett's own experience as a writer. It made me think... ( )
  heaward | Oct 19, 2012 |
Ann Patchett tells her writing inspirations, habits, refusal to be superstitious about said habits, etc. It's inspirational, humble, amusing. ( )
  mthelibrarian | Mar 10, 2012 |
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"The journey from the head to the hand is perilous and lined with bodies. It is the road on which nearly everyone who wants to write-and many of the people who do write-get lost."So writes Ann Patchett in "The Getaway Car," a wry, wisdom-packed memoir of her life as a writer. Here, for the first time, one of America's most celebrated authors ("State of Wonder," "Bel Canto," "Truth and Beauty"), talks at length about her literary career-the highs and the lows-and shares advice on the craft and art of writing. In this fascinating look at the development of a novelist, we meet Patchett's mentors (Allan Gurganas, Grace Paley, Russell Banks), see where she made wrong turns (poetry), and learn how she gets the pages written (an unromantic process of pure hard work). Woven through engaging anecdotes from Patchett's life are lessons about writing that offer an inside peek into the storytelling process and provide a blueprint for anyone wanting to give writing a serious try. The bestselling author gives pointers on everything from finding ideas to constructing a plot to combating writer's block. More than that, she conveys the joys and rewards of a life spent reading and writing. "What I like about the job of being a novelist, and at the same time what I find so exhausting about it, is that it's the closest thing to being God that you're ever going to get," she writes. "All of the decisions are yours. You decide when the sun comes up. You decide who gets to fall in love..."In this Byliner Original, "The Getaway Car" is a delightful autobiography-cum-user's guide that appeals to both aspiring writers and anyone who loves a great story.ABOUT THE AUTHORAnn Patchett is the author of eight books, including "Bel Canto," which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Her most recent novel, "State of Wonder," is a "New York Times" bestseller. She is working on a collection of essays.… (more)

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