Review–Writing Is My Drink

Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.

With NaNoWriMo almost upon us, I have been trying to get myself back into the mindset of a writer.  I have always dabbled, but I truly want to start putting pen to paper on a regular basis.  One of the things on my bucket list is to write a book.  I have started many times, but just never get around to finishing because something always comes up.  This cancer scare has made me sit up and realize that life is too short not to do some of the things that I have always wanted to do.

One thing that I felt the author touched on that many other writing books don’t is the feeling of being exposed.  Even if you are writing fiction, you are exposing aspects of yourself that would otherwise be hidden.  And when you are submitting these to be published, not only are you exposing yourself, but you are now being asked to be judged.  These are some of the hardest things to deal with. 

It isn’t a lack of creativity that stymies most authors, it is fear.  This book addresses these fears and how to face them head on.  He shows how he personally deals with these demons that block the doorway.  He also gives exercises at the end of each chapter to help the reader figure out where the demons are lurking and how to exorcise them.

This book will not teach you that if you insert character A and plot twist B into your story, then you will end up with an epic.  This is definitely not that type of book.  However, if you have the know-how and the passion for writing, but just are too afraid to take that leap of faith, then you will definitely want to read this book. 

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