Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers

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A daily motivator for people who write--and for all those who long to write--providing an insistent wake-up call for the creative urge, with insights on how to work against resistance, live with the loneliness, develop discipline, and dare to take deeper risks in their work.

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For Walking on Alligators Susan Shaughnessy culled quotations from nearly 200 writers and other creative people--Ethan Canin, Art Spiegelman, Robin Williams, and Camille Paglia among them--that can help jumpstart the creative process. Each quotation leads to a short meditation on its subject, which in turn leads to a kind of vow the reader can internalize and act upon: "Today, I'll look over the key setbacks of my life. Are some ready to contribute comic color to my writing?"; "Today, I'll take a look at the high road. I will write a little better and a little differently. I will stretch." These tender morsels are best taken like vitamins: one a day. They will encourage, inspire, amuse, and provoke, but mostly they will make you start writing. After all, warns Shaughnessy in the introduction, "The writing you don't do today is lost forever."

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