The Writing Life Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Why did a young photographer in Chapter 1 submit the same landscape every year for judgment to the same person, only to be rejected every year? What was the photographer's ultimate goal in his recurring submission? What does having worked long and hard on a particular project lead a creator to believe?

Essay Topic 2

Which of the metaphors in Chapter 1 likens Dillard to an explorer searching out new realms without really understanding the meaning of it all as yet? Does this metaphor work? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What is the overall theme of Chapter 1? Give examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 4

Dillard states that "Appealing workplaces are to be avoided."

1. Why might this be true?

2. How does Dillard know this to be true for her?

3. What should a writer's workplace consist of, and why?

Essay Topic 5

Dillard taped up her pen drawing of the...

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