Never Say You Can't Survive (Hardcover)

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I'm not a writer but I had to read this collection from one of my favorite writers on writing to live. Charlie Jane makes me feel like there is good in the world. Reading her work is like getting a Care Bear Stare right to the heart.

Also, there's good practical advice here for writers and yada, yada, yada - just read it!

— From Meet Michelle

As a writer and avid reader, I've read my fair share of books on writing. I've explored the advice of more authors than I can name, and done the writing exercises. But none of them did for me what Never Say You Can't Survive has. Charlie Jane Anders, one of the most empathetic, kind people in the world, has given us permission to enjoy writing again. She tells us how to refuse to feed the imposter syndrome and lock it away. She teaches us how to wield the tools we already have. 
I cannot express just how much this book has helped me and how much I appreciate Charlie Jane Anders. Every fiction writer should read this book!

— From Sophie's Picks


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.

About the Author

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in the young-adult Unstoppable trilogy, along with the short story collection Even Greater Mistakes. Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, the Boston Review,, Tin House, Conjunctions, Wired Magazine, and other places. Her TED Talk, "Go Ahead, Dream About the Future" got 700,000 views in its first week. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250800015
ISBN-10: 1250800013
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: August 17th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English