1000 Words: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round

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5.6 X 8.6 X 1.2 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author
Jami Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships, and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times (London), The Guardian, and others. She is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All Grown Up, the memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You, and most recently, the national bestselling writing guide 1000 Words. Her work has been published in sixteen languages. She is also the founder of the annual #1000WordsofSummer project, and maintains the popular Craft Talk newsletter year-round. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"Attenberg offers up a kinetic, atmospheric river of inspiring words designed to help writers keep churning out prose" --Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Devotees of Attenberg's fiction (All Grown Up, All This Could Be Yours, many others), and her pandemic-sparked newsletter, Craft Talk, have used her 1000-words-a-day-in-summer model to push novel and book projects along, helped by Attenberg's feel-good approach to the sweaty toil of generative work. This offshoot of the project stretches the approach to get you through the year and includes tips from other Names like comedian and essayist Josh Gondelman. It will be the new Bird by Bird, you heard it here first."-Lit Hub
"Because Attenberg's own entries appear throughout the book, it's her authorial voice that makes 1,000 Words feel cohesive. Her piece of writer advice (perhaps best understood as encouragements) are presented under simple headings, such as "When to Write About Something Personal," "Reading Your Work out Lous," and "Giving Criticism." Sometimes, she's the parent sitting in the stands shouting your name and rooting for you, and at others, she's the football coach standing on the sidelines, dishing out tough love."--Johns Hopkins Magazine
"Jami Attenberg has taken her wildly popular online writing movement #1000wordsofsummer, and turned it into a book of advice and inspiration for writers. More than 50 writers contributed their wisdom, including Carmen Maria Machado, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, and Celeste Ng."--Bookriot
"[An] encouraging handbook... Aspiring writers will appreciate Attenberg's cheerleading." -Publisher's Weekly
"Jami Attenberg's new writing guide [is] bound with tender, delicious wisdom from fellow authors Lauren Groff, Roxane Gay, Alexander Chee, and literally dozens of others... a handful of our culture's most brilliant literary minds. Where the book--and Attenberg, by extension--truly triumphs is not through revelatory advice but in simple, earnest insistence." --Elle

"A fantastic set of essays... Readers of this collection will feel surrounded and bolstered by like-minded people who have been in the trenches." --Booklist, Starred Review
"I've admired Jami Attenberg for ages. Now I'm a super-fan. I started reading [1000 Words] last night when I should have been reading for work and I cannot wait to get back to it today. It is inspiring, motivating, comforting, encouraging, and will earn a permanent spot on your bookshelf. Right up there with Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird and Stephen King's On Writing." -Kristyn Kusek Lewis, editor at Real Simple and author of Perfect Happiness

"1000 Words collects and distills that project into a motivational volume every writer should keep close at hand."--BookPage, starred review