The Writing Life (1990)

Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Dillard is one of my favourite authors. Her non-fiction narratives and explorations have helped me see things I would never have otherwise seen, and have given me ‘permission’ to probe deeper into my own wonderings and curiosity. If you’re into nature and discovery, I highly recommend her simultaneously beautiful and brutal book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

In The Writing Life, Dillard offers her nuanced thoughts and stories that will interest both non-writers and writers alike. Feeling her soul and light and quest for deep truth come at you page after page, like waves breaking, is both intimidating and illuminating; reassuring and provocative. Her mind and prose have inspired me to ‘shine my own light, and not hide it under a bushel’. Highly recommended for artists, creatives and seekers!

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