Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life by Nava Atlas
By Nava Atlas | On May 1, 2023 | Updated June 27, 2023 | Comments (0)
Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life: Inspiration and Advice from Celebrated Women Authors Who Paved the Way by Nava Atlas (2011) is now available as an audiobook (updated and expanded) produced by Blackstone Publishing (2023).
The desire to put pen to paper has been described by many writers as an obsession that can’t be denied. Perhaps best expressed by author Anaïs Nin, who writes, “You write out of a deep inner necessity. If you are a writer, you have to write, just as you have to breathe…”
In Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life, Nava Atlas presents a treasury of intimate glimpses into the unfolding writing process across fifteen brilliant careers in women’s literature and relates their struggles, striving, and successes to those experienced by women writers today.
About the 2023 audiobook
From the publisher: Author and artist Nava Atlas presents a treasury of intimate glimpses into the unfolding creative writing process across fifteen brilliant careers in women’s literature and relates their stories to women writers of today.
Through their journals, letters, and diaries, we get to know the struggles and triumphs of Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Gwendolyn Brooks, Octavia E. Butler, Willa Cather, Madeleine LEngle, Edna Ferber, Zora Neale Hurston, L.M. Montgomery, Anais Nin, George Sand, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf.
Atlas’s own insightful commentary, newly updated, lifts the curtain on these women’s writing lives and provides reassuring tips and advice on such subjects as finding your voice, self-discipline, dealing with rejection, money matters, balancing family with the solitary writing process, and more. This guide will resonate with women writers in today’s world, at any stage of their journey.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title from Audible, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
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About the 2011 book
In Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life, Nava Atlas presents a treasury of intimate glimpses into the unfolding creative writing process across twelve brilliant careers in women’s literature and relates their stories to women writers of today.
Drawing from diaries, journals, letters, memoirs and interviews, Atlas reveals the views of twelve classic women authors on the subjects of importance to every writer—the creative process, the inner critic, finding the time to write, rejection and acceptance, and developing a “voice.” The pages of this book are a feast for the eyes as well, with 130 vintage full-color photographs and illustrations
Atlas provides her own illuminating commentary and discusses how the lessons of classic women writers of the past still resonate with women writing in the present.
Within these pages, Atlas delves into the lives of these and other classic authors of the past to find lessons for women writing today. From learning how to stay disciplined, focused, and not getting distracted to finding tools of motivation and methods of practice, readers are able to find comfort and reassurance from some of our most beloved women authors.
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About Nava Atlas
Though Nava is best known as the author of many books on vegan and vegetarian cooking, she also produces visual books on women’s issues, including the book shown here.
Nava Atlas is also an active fine artist. Her work is shown and collected by museums and universities across the U.S. You can see her work at navaatlasart.com. Her home is in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.