A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement

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In this collection of anecdotes, lessons, quotes, and prompts, author and writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie provides a delightfully varied cornucopia of inspiration ? nuts-and-bolts solutions, hand-holding commiseration, and epiphany-fueling insights from fellow writers, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners and Abercrombie?s students who have gone from paralyzed to published.
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Overview


In this collection of anecdotes, lessons, quotes, and prompts, author and writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie provides a delightfully varied cornucopia of inspiration — nuts-and-bolts solutions, hand-holding commiseration, and epiphany-fueling insights from fellow writers, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners and Abercrombie’s students who have gone from paralyzed to published.
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Editorial Reviews

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“If you are a writer — and go on, be brave, say, ‘I am a writer’ — then this is the book you will turn to every morning, noon, or night when you sit down to write.”
Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series

“When you open Barbara Abercrombie’s brilliant A Year of Writing Dangerously, you are in a house full of writers, each of whom wants to march you over to a corner to tell you something important about the writing life....Prepare yourself for a wonderful party!”
Phyllis Theroux, author of The Journal Keeper: A Memoir

“Funny and full of comfort (and the company of writing rock stars), this book is as essential to any writer as a verb.”
Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

“There is something necessary in these pages for everyone, from the beginning writer to the widely published author.”
Naomi Benaron, author of Running the Rift, winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction

“Candid and inspiring. Full of the kind of wit and wisdom her students have come to expect.”
Dennis Palumbo, author of the Daniel Rinaldi mystery series

“A tremendously useful book for anyone who wants to write.”
Janet Sternburg, author of Phantom Limb

“I loved this book. Every entry is a new adventure, followed by a quotation that illuminates and stimulates the mind.”
Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life

“Filled with wisdom about the writing process and sound counsel for those who engage in it.”
Ralph Keyes, author of The Courage to Write

Library Journal
Books on writing are their own cottage industry: many writers and aspiring writers love hearing about the writing process. Including a list of 52 writing prompts, Abercrombie (instructor, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Writers Program; Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life into Story) in her most recent compilation covers a myriad of common topics, from idea generation to book promotion. She organizes the book into daily doses: snippets of writing advice as well as a quote by a writer about writing. Her central idea is that focusing on manageable bits of writing over a year will encourage more writing. When Abercrombie relates her own writing and teaching experiences, the book becomes more interesting. VERDICT An optional purchase, not destined to be a classic work on the subject. Those deeply invested in the writing process should instead look to Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, and Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones.—Nancy Almand, Fresno City Coll. Lib., CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608680511
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 774,901
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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