A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively by Judy Reeves

By Judy Reeves

Playwright and editor Judy Reeves has taught writing, led inventive writing workshops, and took part in writing teams for years. A Writer’s booklet of Days is a compilation of all that she’s realized from getting jointly to jot down with folks. She says, “the e-book took place simply because I observed the adaptation ongoing, common perform can make in a writer’s life.” perform makes excellent, and this booklet makes perform effortless by means of offering writers and would-be writers with stimulating subject matters, useful guideline, per thirty days instructions, dozens of inspiring charges, writerly lore, and advice for designated writing periods corresponding to marathons, cafe writing, and alternative ways to make the paintings of writing extra artistic and enjoyable.

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You can taste its electric hum. Sometimes, just for the quick thrill of it, I look up from my notebook at the bent heads, the moving hands. I love the sensation of being in the space of writers writing. These remarkable creators < previous page page_xviii next page > < previous page page_xx next page > Page xx write. Call it a collective energy, the creative force. Magic. I say the Muse likes to work crowds. And so, because of my own extraordinary experience, I urge writers to write together, in twos and fours and more.

You will take more risks, write more passionately, and reach into places you didn't know existed. Ideas and images and language with brilliant plumage will parade on the page before your eyes. " And you will know, it came from you. Guidelines for Writing Practice 1. Keep writing. Don't stop to edit, to rephrase, to think. Don't go back and read what you've written until you've finished. 2. Trust your pen. Go with the first image that appears. 3. Don't judge your writing. Don't compare, analyze, criticize.

During practice sessions, stay focused on the topic and the image that arises, and keep the pen moving as it explores that image and then moves on to the next. Sometimes you'll rocket through the topic on a surge of power that started at liftoff and keeps you at 4Gs the whole ride; other times your writing will be more like a lazy river on a Sunday afternoon, peaceful and easy and sundappled. The trick is to, at any speed, just keep writing till the end. Don't stop to reread what you've written until you've completed the practice session.

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