The Writing Life - Chapters 4, 5 and 6 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 4, 5 and 6 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 4

This chapter begins with the heading "SORRY TO TELL YOU A DREAM". In it, the author describes a dream she had of her typewriter erupting - smoke, cinders, noises and fire shooting out of the well in which the keys rested. She describes how (in the dream) she fetched a bucket of water to put out the fire, but discovered that the fire wasn't spreading, only shooting out of the typewriter. The dream concludes with images of the author cleaning it up, of having "no trouble with it since", and the commentary that now she knows "it can happen."

Chapter 5

The author begins this chapter with an examination of what intrigues a writer, and suggests that for each individual, what is intriguing is unique, something that hasn't yet been explored, uncovered, understood, thought about. "Write as if you...

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