Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Writing Resources: A Writer's Book of Days by Judy Reeves

Named one of the five hottest writing books by Writer's Digest, A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves is chock-full of ideas to spark creativity. The sub-title speaks volumes: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life.

According to Judy Reeves, “Musicians practice. Athletes practice. And so, too, should writers practice.” To inspire writers, A Writer's Book of Days provides a "writing prompt" for each day of the year.

Want to read a few?
"Write about a time someone said yes."
"Write about leaving"
"Write about a remembered sound"

While the prompts are the backbone of this book, also included in its pages is a treasure trove of information and insights:
Techniques for finding time and creating space
Ways to find images and inspiration
Advice on working in writing groups
Suggestions, quips, and trivia from accomplished practitioners

Writers will also find helpful tips:
What stuck looks like and how to get unstuck
What to do when the censor or editor is present
How to transfer real life into fiction
Where to find fresh images
How to discover what you really want to write about.
The ten daily habits that make a good writer

In 1st Writes we use a prompt from A Writer’s Book of Days once a month. We write for 17 minutes without editing; then we read our work aloud. Everyone loves when we do these writing exercises. The group never ceases to be amazed at how God can give each person a different angle using the same prompt.

A Writer's Book of Days has been newly revised and can be counted on for encouragement, motivation, and endless great ideas.

Happy reading!


©2011 Pamela D. Williams

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