Never Say You Can't Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories

Never Say You Can't Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories


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From Charlie Jane Anders, the award-winning author of novels such as All the Birds in the Sky and The City in the Middle of the Night, this is one of the most practical guides to storytelling that you will ever read.

The world is on fire.
So tell your story.

Things are scary right now. We’re all being swept along by a tidal wave of history, and it’s easy to feel helpless. But we’re not helpless: we have minds, and imaginations, and the ability to visualize other worlds and valiant struggles. And writing can be an act of resistance that reminds us that other futures and other ways of living are possible.

Full of memoir, personal anecdote, and insight about how to flourish during the present emergency, Never Say You Can’t Survive is the perfect manual for creativity in unprecedented times.

Title:Never Say You Can't Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories
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  • Cindy

    3.5 stars. Not a life-changing book that would alter the way I write, but a good pep talk thanks to Anders' infectious passion for writing....

  • Spencer Orey

    A great combo of a pep talk and a craft book full of good writing advice. The writing section is a bit jack of all trades, so a nice pick for getting a big overview of how to write better. There were ...

  • Nina Harrington

    Never Say You Can't Survive is a lot more than a manual about writing and life – it is solid gold sprinkled with fairy dust.I am a bestselling published author in three genres, and a totally story s...

  • Stephanie

    Don't make the mistake I did when I started reading this book in a public place - because for the first time in my life, a book on writing made me cry, and it happened in public! The introduction is j...

  • Emmalita

    I felt a little guilty when I was notified that I had been granted an advance reader copy of Charlie Jane Ander’s essay collection, Never Say You Can’t Survive. I am not a writer and I have no asp...

  • Alan

    Charlie Jane Anders' book Never Say You Can't Survive is not just a memoir. Nor is it just a writing guide. Never Say You Can't Survive is a manifesto, and all the better for it—it's a polemic, and ...

  • A.M.

    Each chapter was posted weekly online at Tor.But lately, I’ve been realizing that I haven’t actually gotten any better at finishing the stories I start. Instead, I’ve just gotten quicker to real...

  • Daniel

    One of the (many) issues with writing books is that almost all of the ones I've read by anyone with any apparent writing credentials, that is to say, from authors with actual novels that you could act...

  • britt_brooke

    Anders reminds us how creativity can provide a respite during the worst of times. And these times are pretty damned awful. From big themes to the nuts and bolts of putting pen to paper, this guide wil...

  • Linda

    This was the most fun book on writing I've read, and I've read a lot of books on writing. Charlie Jane Anders avoids saying the same-ol-same-ol that so many how-to-write books say. Where most books te...