On Writing and Failure: Or, on the Peculiar Perseverance Required to Endure the Life of a Writer (Field Notes) (Paperback)

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"A paradox defines this business: The public only sees writers in their victories but their real lives are mostly in defeat." On Failure and Writing is delightful, bite-sized contemplation of what it means to be a writer, in all its up and downs. Taking a look at history's most beloved writers, author Stephen Marche speaks candidly about writing as a flawed, solitary, and rejection-filled art form--and explores why there are still some of us just can't shake the torture of its siren song even knowing that.

- Cindy

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Writing is, and always will be, an act defined by failure. The best plan is to just get used to it.

Failure is a topic discussed in every creative writing department in the world, but this is the book every beginning writer should have on their shelf to prepare them. Less a guide to writing and more a guide to what you need to continue existing as a writer, On Writing and Failure: Or, On the Peculiar Perseverance Required to Endure the Life of a Writer describes the defining role played by rejection in literary endeavors and contemplates failure as the essence of the writer's life. Along with his own history of rejection, Marche offers stories from the history of writerly failure, from Ovid's exile and Dostoevsky's mock execution to James Baldwin's advice just to endure, where living with the struggle and the pointlessness of writing is the point.

About the Author


Stephen Marche is a novelist, essayist and cultural commentator. He is the author of half a dozen books, and has written opinion pieces and essays for the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Walrus, and many others. He lives in Toronto with his wife and children.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781771965163
ISBN-10: 1771965169
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Field Notes