New PDF release: A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively

By Judy Reeves

ISBN-10: 1577311000

ISBN-13: 9781577311003

Playwright and editor Judy Reeves has taught writing, led artistic writing workshops, and took part in writing teams for years. A Writer’s ebook of Days is a compilation of all that she’s discovered from getting jointly to put in writing with other folks. She says, “the ebook happened simply because I observed the variation ongoing, average perform can make in a writer’s life.” perform makes excellent, and this booklet makes perform effortless by way of supplying writers and would-be writers with stimulating issues, worthwhile guideline, per thirty days instructions, dozens of inspiring fees, writerly lore, and advice for distinct writing classes similar to marathons, cafe writing, and alternative routes to make the paintings of writing extra inventive and enjoyable.

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And What to Do about It 77 < previous page page_xi next page > < previous page page_xii next page > Page xii Turn the Soil 79 The Writing Life When They Became Writers 81 Take a Long, Literary Breath 83 Avoiding the Truth 85 Beyond Practice ". . in wandering mazes, lost" 87 June Guideline 6 Let Go of Expectations 90 How Can I Tell If My Writing Is Improving? 91 Revising 93 Saying No to the Muse 94 Saying Yes to the Muse 95 The Warp and Woof of Writing Practice 96 The Writing Life Writers on Dreaming 97 Truth versus Fact 99 Writing Cycles To Every Thing There Is a Season 101 Beyond Practice On the Road 103 July Guideline 7 Kiss Your Frogs 106 Being Vulnerable on the Page 107 How to Tell When the Writer-Self Is Present 108 Use Practice as Building Blocks 110 The Writing Life Mentors and Heroes 111 Honor Yourself as Writer 113 If You Want to Write By Brenda Ueland 115 Take Risks 117 Gifts from the Muse Phrases, Images, and Other Kindnesses 118 Better Verbs 119 Beyond Practice "A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread A Notebook" 121 August Guideline 8 Tell the Truth 124 Spiritual Connotations of Writing Practice 125 What Stuck Looks Like 126 How to Get Unstuck 130 The Writing Life Writers and Their Day Jobs 132 Hunting and Gathering 134 Images That Haunt You 135 Writing about Real People 137 Beyond Practice Hot Nights/Wild Women (For Men, Too) 139 September Guideline 9 Write Accurate Details 142 Family Stories 143 Clichés and Other Bad Habits 145 Stream of Consciousness and Other Intuitive Writing 147 The Writing Life Quirks and Idiosyncrasies 148 When the Words Aren't Working A Helping Hand 150 Practice Accoutrements 151 Find Your Tribe Why Hang Out with Other Writers 153 How to Tell When the Censor Is Present 155 When Your Writing Embarrasses You 156 Beyond Practice Writing Marathon 157 < previous page page_xii next page > < previous page page_xiii next page > Page xiii October Guideline 10 Write What Matters 160 What Do I Do with All These Pages?

Now here I am 37 years old. I hate my job and feel like something is missing from my life. " These students and others, whose stories differ in only some of the details, have one thing in common: even though their spirit longs for it, they have never made writing a priority in their lives; that is, they have never set aside a special, < previous page page_xx next page > < previous page page_xxi next page > Page xxi specific time for their writing. They don't practice their craft. This book came about because I saw the difference ongoing, regular practice could make in a writer's life.

You learn what you want to write about and what matters to you as a < previous page page_2 next page > < previous page page_3 next page > Page 3 writer. You explore your creative nooks and crannies, and make forays into some scary places that make your hand tremble and your heart beat faster. This is good. This is when you know you are writing your truth, and that's the best writing anybody ever does. In writing practice, you poke around in your psyche; you grieve and heal and discover things about yourself you never knew.

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