Recommended Book: Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life

By: Madeleine L’Engle


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By: Madeleine L’Engle

ISBN: 978-1524759308


  • What are the elements of a writer’s life?
  • What does it mean to write from the truth, and how can we seek it as writers?
  • How might we get started, create rich characters, and tell the stories only we can tell?



Herself is my go-to book for words of wisdom about writing craft, and a writer’s life. Madeleine L’Engle said many times that she doesn’t teach writers to write. However, as Carole Chase writes in her introduction to the book, “As thousands of individuals who have say in her writing workshops and read her books over the past five decades will tell you, Madeleine may not teach people how to write but she certainly inspires them to unearth the writer within.” Whenever I need to dig deeper, stretch my courage, or be reminded why I write, I return to this book.


The author of over fifty books, including Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle is internationally acclaimed for her literary skills and her ability to translate intangible things of the spirit– both human and divine–into tangible concepts through story. In Madeleine L’Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life, you’ll find hundreds of this celebrated author’s most insightful, illuminating, and transforming statements about writing, creativity, and truth.

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