Writers on Writing: Top 5 Craft Books by Famous Authors

Writers on Writing: Top 5 Craft Books by Famous Authors

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5. Why I Write by George Orwell   image via amazon   George Orwell outlines what he believes to be the four major motives for writing in Why I Write. They are sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. Orwell exemplifies all these traits in his own writing, and it is fascinating to see how he balances his passion for political reform with his artistic ambition. “[T]he more one is conscious of one’s political bias, the more chance one has of acting politically without sacrificing one’s aesthetic and intellectual integrity.” 4. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray …