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  • Still Writing

  • The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life
  • Written by: Dani Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Dani Shapiro
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"Still Writing offers up a cornucopia of wisdom, insights, and practical lessons gleaned from Dani Shapiro's long experience as a celebrated writer and teacher of writing. The beneficiaries are beginning writers, veteran writers, and everyone in between." (Jennifer Egan)

From Dani Shapiro, best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion, comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating and challenging process of storytelling. At once a memoir, a meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing is an intimate companion to living a creative life. Writers - and anyone with an artistic temperament - will find inspiration and comfort here. Offering lessons learned over 20 years of teaching and writing, Shapiro shares her own revealing insights to weave an indispensable almanac for modern writers.

©2013 Dani Shapiro (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Equal parts enjoyable and educational.

I am a writer not by profession but as this book reminded me by nature and also by necessity. After listening to Dani’s podcast Family Secrets, I am making my way both in print and online through all her published works. Still Writing touched me, captured my attention and turned me towards myself and my writing. The tone of the narration is wonderful to listen to and she portrays so much authenticity through voice. So very thankful for this book and will return often to it and to the notes I made while listening for reference as I continue to write.

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Required Listening

In a word? Profound. The entire book was enchanting. It educates, it consoles, and it leaves you changed in deep places. A true tribute to writing in particular, and creativity in general. My heart is still humming from the sound of her sentences and sublime narration. If you want to know what a masterpiece is, please start here!!

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  • Raquel
  • 2021-10-22

Inspiring but dark, better to read than listen

This book has a lot of insightful advice both from her and from other writers. I ended up bookmarking and sharing some of my favorites. I also found the sections about the process of writing and the discipline needed very helpful and inspiring. But it was also a depressing story in places and hard to get through. She goes into her terrible childhood with her selfish, narcissistic mother and depressed father enough to call this a memoir as much as a book about writing. At times, the tone was deeply cynical. It may be the narrator's take on the author's words - it's hard to say whether the author's own voice would sound so depleted, even snarky. I'd recommend reading it rather than listening.

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  • Nick G
  • 2022-01-17

Phenomenal book on writing

Great book that cuts to the heart of why we write and how to improve our craft.

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  • Jacqueline J. Johnson
  • 2022-04-06

Beautiful, useful and encouraging

I loved this book - particularly the meditations - but then come to think of it- the whole thing is a meditation

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  • Reed Ramlow
  • 2021-01-18

Excellent account of the writing life

An inspirational account of the writing life, and a useful guide for any aspiring writer. Dani Shapiro is a writer I’d like to meet in a coffeeshop, and talk more about what she wrote, but I’d probably be a bit awestruck. No matter, she’s not full of herself. She wants to help us. Fail better, friends. Recommended for any aspiring writer, especially the Audible version, narrated by Dani herself.

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  • Elisa
  • 2020-10-19

It's a Hard-Knock Life...

My dog-eared paperback copy of this book sits on a table next to my bed - it's always a great go-to read before I fall asleep. Little bite-size chapters that contain nuggets of creative tricks and practical ways to keep you focused and in the zone when you are trying to write – an elusive endeavor, which Dani warns, is not for the faint of heart. Like most creative pursuits: acting • dancing • music • art • writing - your soul is alive with possibility and you can't imagine doing anything else.

I'm very grateful Dani decided to record this and her first memoir, SLOW MOTION, for Audible during the Pandemic. As I listen to them, I am re-visiting her written words - but I am also LISTENING to HER as she narrates her own words and personal stories. She has been at this practice for a long time now and her advice comes with an EDGE. A protective EDGE. A warning EDGE. A knowing EDGE. An EDGE because her life has gifted her with words she has been able to splice together into a verbal reckoning. Writers beware. The EDGE of someone who now creatively thrives in the silence of the country – and who could not have known at the time she wrote STILL WRITING (but does have that perspective as she reads her book) that literary notoriety would propel her into the spotlight in 2019 – when her memoir, INHERITANCE, became a New York Times Bestseller and inspired the hit podcast, FAMILY SECRETS and sent Ancestry.com stock through the roof!

Some of us are social hermits who enjoy the solitude that allows us to think, thrive, and create - and yet, many of us also need to come out of isolation and come up for air to find, as she recently posted on Instagram, "pockets of joy," whenever we can. I'm a huge fan of Dani's work and there are great life lessons here for staying present, noticing your surroundings, adjusting to the discomfort of creative isolation – and knowing that "pockets of joy" can be found in the creation process if we can just manage to center ourselves for the courageous discipline it takes to mine the veins of our imagination.

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  • Avvieey
  • 2022-07-10

An enjoyable audiobook

Narration by the author works well. Feels intimate. I enjoyed Dani Shapiro's life stories and her journey as a writer and published author. The last chapter is "gravy"! 👏🏼