Monday, June 17, 2013

A Book About The Writing Life

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A writer friend whom I greatly admire gifted me with a book about---you guessed it--the writing world. I didn't start reading it immediately due to an increasingly busy schedule, but I finally got started and kept going in bits and pieces. Yesterday, I was determined to finish reading this motivational book for writers. Goal accomplished. 

One of the keyword phrases I use on this blog is 'encouragement for writers' because I believe that everyone needs a boost now and then. We need to affirm the path we've chosen. Julia Cameron does much the same thing in her book The Right To Write. The subtitle is An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life.

The book is a series of essays about the writing life. The author is an accomplished author having written 17 books, both fiction and nonfiction. She is a novelist, playwright, songwriter and poet plus has extensive credits in theater, film and tv. 

I enjoyed reading about writing from the perspective of a reader rather than a writer. Ms. Cameron most definitely is a motivating force and is very convincing as to why writers must write. Sounds silly to say that, but she urges writing in ways some have never considered. 

If you are a writer, whether novice or professional, the book is worth your time. I plan to go back and read it more slowly, a chapter at a time and try some of the exercises at the end of each chapter.  You can read more about the book at it's Amazon page.

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