The first book review of the year is Murs Lafferty’s book I Should be Writing: A Writer’s Workshop I first read this book when I received a digital ARC from NetGalley but I loved it so much a physical copy appeared under the Christmas tree. Sometimes only a real book will do.
One of the main reasons I enjoy this book is its straightforward and concise nature. I may have heard some of the advice before by browsing the web and reading other writing books but the waffle is stripped away, leaving a book that is like a personal cheerleader on my desk, encouraging me to stop procrastinating and write.
Her language, delivery of the information and the inclusion of the conversations between a fictional muse and bully fit my way of thinking. After all, I have my own muse, Elsie. The chapters are short (handy for a brain which has a tendency to get distracted) and covers all aspects of writing including
- writer’s doubts and fears
- tools you need
- writing your first and second draft
- traditional publishing
At the back, there are several exercises to complete to help you on your writing journey after all writing is a journey and not just a destination. Now I need to catch up on her podcasts and the others she recommends.
Have you listened to any podcasts on writing and what books on writing would you recommend trying?