Friday, October 17, 2014

Dancing on the Head of a Pen - Book Review

"You do not have to write a book today. There is not enough time to write a book today. You do have to go to work today." - Eric Maisel

This quote is included in Robert Benson's new book Dancing on the Head of a Pen. I thought it was a great reminder for me and other writers, especially with National Novel Writing Month in just a few weeks. In fact, this whole book is filled with writerly advice and would make a perfect companion to have on-hand during those trying November weeks when 50,000 words seems like a longshot.

In this small book, Benson offers tips on how to find your story, your audience, and your pace, and how to always keep writing. These tips are what work for him, and they are not one size fits all. (Although, I, too, prefer to write everything out by hand and then type it up when I'm ready to edit.) But this book will get you thinking about what works for you and what doesn't and how you can silence your inner critic and just keep writing.

You don't have to be a writer, though, to appreciate this book. It's for painters, musicians, and anyone drawn to a life of artistic expression. If that's you and you find yourself stuck in your creative projects or don't know where to start, check out this book.

Dancing on the Head of a Pen is published by Waterbrook Press. I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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