Some years ago, I bought a collection of Snoopy’s failed writer cartoon strips, with some more successful writers than Snoopy offering short pieces on Snoopy the aspiring writer.
You can read the description of the book from Writer’s Digest below:
Guide to the Writing Life
Edited by Barnaby Conrad and Monte Schulz
Writer's Digest Books, 2004
Snoopy sits atop his doghouse, banging out stories on a manual typewriter. Usually they begin "It was a dark and stormy night..." Always they're rejected. In Snoopy's Guide to the Writing Life—a wonderful gift for writers—a roundup of 30 famous writers and entertainers respond in short essays to their favorite Snoopy "at the typewriter" strip.
essay focuses on how the strip presents an aspect of writing life—getting
started, getting rejected, searching for new ideas, and more—everything that
beginning and professional writers deal with on a daily basis.
essays are light and sometimes humorous, but all of them offer insight and
inspiration for writers working at any level. The book presents a powerful
line-up of contributors, including:
- Ray Bradbury
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
- Julia Child
- Elizabeth George
- Sue Grafton
- Evan Hunter
- Elmore Leonard
- Danielle Steel
- And the Beagle himself!
Editor Barnaby Conrad and Monte Schulz (son of
the late Charles Schulz) provide introductory chapters that address the writing
life and how Snoopy's experience—his tenacity and resilience—can inspire us all.