Give It All, Give It Now: One of the Few Things I Know about Writing

Give It All, Give It Now: One of the Few Things I Know about Writing

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Overview

For anyone who has ever feared the best isn't yet to come, Give It All, Give It Now is an inspiration. Originally intended to inspire writers and aspiring writers, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's words are empowering and energizing, making this book the perfect gift for anyone undertaking a creative endeavor, including someone beginning a new career, turning over a new leaf, or celebrating a milestone.

The message of this surprising little book is brought to life by the remarkable artistry of Sam Fink. His astonishing calligraphy and full-color illustrations brilliantly complement the passion of Dillard's text.

Featuring an introduction by bestselling author Susan Cheever, this distinctive accordion-page book contains 20 color illustrations and is enclosed in a slip case. It is a gift book for all occasions, one that will be revisited time and again for inspiration and encouragement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599620602
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 03/24/2009
Edition description: Gift
Pages: 50
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 3.40(d)

About the Author

Annie Dillard is a Pulitzer Prize winning author for her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Best known for her narrative non-fiction, Annie has also published poetry, essays, literary criticism, autobiography, and fiction. She is the recipient of various and prestigious awards, honors, and prizes including her selection as a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for An American Childhood and a New York Press Club Award for Excellence for "Innocence in the Galapagos," published in Harper's Magazine. Annie also serves on the boards of many organizations such as The Milton Center and The New Press. Her latest book, The Maytrees, was published in 2007.

Sam Fink is a multi-talented artist of inimitable range. For the past twenty years Sam has both educated and entertained adults and children with his vibrantly illustrated texts of American history. He celebrated his 90th birthday in 2006 with the release of The Constitution of the United States of America to great acclaim. He also published The Gettysburg Address and The Book of Exodus in 2007.

Susan Cheever is the bestselling author of fourteen books and her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Author's Guild Council.

Read an Excerpt

One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.

From The Writing Life (Harper Perennial, 1989)

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