Are you a writer? do you tell other people that you are a writer? Do you tell yourself that you’re a writer? Why do you write? These are some of the opening questions in this book. The authors also state that writing is not about being published, but about writing itself and if you are writing only to try and get published then you may want to rethink. This book is for anyone who writes.
We should write because we love to write and not because we want others to read what we have written, but writing for writing’s sake and not for any other reason. I do tell people i write a blog and i am trying to put together a novel, but this book has showed me my failings and how to overcome them and produce a masterpiece.
There are 12 chapters. Each chapter is broken down into the two sections;
Stories: Each of the two women authors share parts of their own writing history and frustrations too. This is a good place for all of us to begin writing as we all have a past and we can all write about it, whether it was good or bad.
Exploration; Live, Respond, Write, Bonus, Discuss. Here the authors present ideas that allow you ‘The Writer’ to practice your skills.
Then there are several Appendices to give you more help and guidance on what to do next.
Appendix 1: Tools for a writing life.
Appendix 2: Recommended reading.
Appendix 3: Artist dates
Appendix 4: Resources for writing a book proposal.
Appendix 5: Resources for launching a writing group.
In fact there is everything you need to get started, even a ‘How to use this book’ guide. It is suggested that you read one chapter a week, followed by using any or all of the material at the end of each chapter to write.
Although i have read this book in more like 12 days than 12 weeks, i will be going back over it to get the best use out of it as it does need to be read slower, spending time with each chapter and writing. Did i say you need to write? Write even if no one ever reads it. Plan out what you are going to write, write it, read it, re-write it, polish it and then only then allow others to read it.
And if you are a writer, then call yourself a Writer! Be a Writer! And write, Write, WRITE!!!
PS And read – lots!!