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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Always 'looking in' toward creativity


“Writers are outsiders. Even when we seem like insiders, we're outsiders. We have to be. Our noses pressed to the glass, we notice everything. We mull and interpret. We store away clues, details that may be useful to us later.” – Dani Shapiro
  
Daneile Joyce "Dani" Shapiro, born on this date in 1962, is the author of five novels and two best-selling memoirs, Slow Motion and Devotion.  A frequent contributor to such prestigious magazines as The New Yorker, Oprah, Vogue, and ELLE, she also is a much sought-after speaker and has been a professor of creative writing at Wesleyan University and writing instructor at both the New School and Columbia University in New York City.

Her 2013 book, Still Writing:  The perils and pleasures of a creative life, has been lauded for its witty, heartfelt, and practical look at both the challenges and the ultimate exhilaration of being a storyteller -- a sort-of “how-to” on handling the process
 of being a writer.  
It's crucial, Shapiro says, to set aside time           for carrying out the writing craft.
 “It's essential to have sacred time for writing. All successful authors have some daily commitment to keep on-track and moving forward.”

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