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The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life - Ann Patchett 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.