Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Year of Writing Dangerously

Title:  A Year of Writing Dangerously:  365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement
Author:  Barbara Abercrombie
Publication Information:  New World Library. 2012. 408 pages.

Book Source:  I read this book because of a conversation with a friend about the book.

Favorite Quote:  "The wonderful thing about discipline is that, unlike inspiration and talent, it's always available to everyone."

A Year of Writing Dangerously is, as the title suggests, a book of inspiration for writers. The message of the book is in essence, "Just Do It." It's not really a  how to book on the craft of writing, but rather a book on pushing a writer to just write.

The entries are number 1-365 rather than a calendar format. So, you can pick it up at any time. Each day's entry are succinct and can be read in a few minutes. Each provides tips and motivation using examples from the writing habits of authors. Each entry also includes a related quote. The quotes and examples range from William Faulkner to Lady Gaga.

Interestingly, many of entries apply to situations and endeavors beyond writing. The skills of not giving up, making a commitment to a project, working through problems are life skills regardless of the endeavors you choose to pursue. So, the focus of the book is writing, but the lessons for writers transcend beyond that craft.

Being a reader and a writer and a lover of language, I really enjoyed this book. I read it straight through, but I could see keeping it on my shelf and picking it up to read different entries on different days.

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