The Joy of Reading The Joy of Writing

I finished reading Pierre Berton‘s The Joy of Writing, and it’s a good book. In it he tells the story of his writing life, all the ins and outs of being a professional writer. Even when he’s talking about stuff that may not seem interesting, such as how to get a good agent, he makes it interesting and fun to read. He gives good advice with plenty of illustrations from

Margaret Laurence Story

“So you’re a writer,” an examing physician remarked jovially to the late, great novelist Margaret Laurence. “When I retire, I intend to become a writer myself.” To which Margaret replied, cheerfully, “Yes, and when I retire, I intend to become a brain surgeon.” That’s from Pierre Berton‘s The Joy of Writing, which I began reading last night. It’s the first of his books I’ve read, though I’ve been meaning to