This book is part memoir, part journal, and part instruction. Here’s the back cover blurb from the print edition:
From the author’s introduction:
“For me, writing is metaphysical because it is inseparable from who I am and my conception of the universe and my place in it. My interpretation of writing goes far beyond the definitions of hobby, job, or career – it is rather in the nature of a calling. It is something that blossoms from within me and, though invisible to instrumentation, is as integrally a part of me as my flesh, bones, and internal organs. How this transpired and how it manifests itself is the subject of this book.
This is not a how-to book on writing, although in its course I offer many practical tips and suggestions. It’s more like a travelogue, a story of the life’s journey on which my writing has led me.”
This journey has led Walters on a decades-long quest from the United States to Europe to the Indian Subcontinent and back in the pursuit of voice, inspiration, and literary excellence. On the way, he has written and published novels, short story collections, essay collections, memoirs, and numerous individual novellas, novelettes, short stories, and essays.
If the “pursuit of voice, inspiration, and literary excellence” fascinates you, pick up a copy of the book, and you may find that you’re not alone in your creative struggles. Writing, if pursued with sincerity, is an all-consuming passion. Although it is not always an easy road to walk, for those who are called to the journey, it is inevitable.
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