4 out of 5 stars
I would like to thank Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.
Okay, so anyone who follows my other reviewer platforms (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) will have noticed that I am also a writer and have had three books published. And so was drawn to ‘Daily Writing Resilience’ as I am often hitting that wall of “I don’t wanna” when I am writing. So I was seeking advice, inspiration, and possibly even a virtual kick up the bum to get me to work on my ANY of my current WIP (Works in Progress).
And… it worked! And I kept telling myself: “I need this book as a perpetual desk calendar!” as the biggest bug bear I had about it was reading it all in one day… When it was the perfect nudge forward for, well, every day. So a book that lived up to its title – go figure. 😉
I am nowhere in the league of Mr Robinson’s when it comes to actual writing achievements but I still felt a connection. That struggling author’s zone we writers of all skillsets hit from time to time. Whether it be when I was writing technical documents for a paid job, blogging for myself, writing a book, freelancing or even being here reviewing… There is a wall we sometimes hit and struggle that takes place where the doubt of our worth as a writer clashes with our constant desire to write. As I keep telling people – I write because I breathe. Both are as equally important to me. And so I found ‘Daily Writing Resilience’ almost like a lifeline. A “hey, it’s not just you.” moment showing that even well-known authors suffer the same problems and sometimes also need that same virtual kick up the bum to keep them going. To keep them realising this is what they should be doing as writing is life.
Or maybe I am just being a bit of a hippy about it all. 😉
All the same I found comfort, encouragement, hope and gratitude within this book and… yes I really want it as a desk calendar! Or maybe even a computer screen saver that pops up with its daily comments every time I go to play solitaire rather than write my daily 5,000 words!
The layout would work as a calendar too – just saying.
Would I recommend this book to others?
Yes I would. Writers, authors, even artists would find this daily bit of advice of use. It truly is a “hang in there, you’ve got this” sort of book where “this” may change for each of us… but it acknowledges it does indeed exist and we should keep going.
So, yes, if writing is as important to you as breathing, eating, etc… I would recommend this book to you. Think of it as a daily bit of Writer’s Mindfulness.
Uh-oh, I am going hippy again!
Would I buy this book for myself?
Yes I would…. I’d prefer it as a desk calendar – pretty sure I’ve said this already – but in paperback form it would be just as good. So that when my mind wanders and my fingers need something to fiddle with, I can grab it, read it and be inspired to get off my procrastinating backside and get back to the writing.
In summary: A book of inspiration to writers of all skill sets. I highly recommend.