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= Above average
= Good, with reservations
***A Writer's Book of Days
A Spirited Companion & Lively Muse for the
by Judy Reeves
Reviewed January 10, 2005.
New World Library, Novato, California, 1999. 217 pages.
This book doesn’t have a reading selection for every day of the year,
but it does have a writing prompt for every day of the year, things like:
“These are the pleasures I have known.”; “Write about leaving.”; “Describe
the contents of someone’s closet.”; and “Just beyond the edge of the woods.”
Besides the writing prompts, for every few days there are essays about
the writing life full of advice and encouragement, as well as quotations
from other writers. I found myself using less and less of the writing
prompts, wanting to use my writing time to work on writing my book, but
I still find dipping into this book a nice start to a day’s work of writing.
If you’re looking for a push to get you going at writing practice, this
book is perfect. Even if not, it will encourage anyone who intends
to be a writer.
“‘Writing is as much discipline as it is desire,’ said novelist Christopher
A. Bohjalian. ‘Don’t wait until you’re inspired, because if you do,
you’ll never finish anything.’”
Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund.
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