Love Letters To Writers: Encouragement, Accountability, and Truth-Telling

Love Letters To Writers: Encouragement, Accountability, and Truth-Telling

by Andi Cumbo-Floyd


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In 52 personal, vulnerable letters, writer Andi Cumbo-Floyd shares her personal experiences of the writing journey, offers her perspective on the writing life, and shares encouragement to help writers through the hard and the joyous days of being a writer. The letters cover everything from what it feels like to sign a book contract to the times writing draws out emotion we didn't realize to the need for space in our daily lives. The letters are intimate and honest, each written with love for the writers Cumbo-Floyd holds dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692960806
Publisher: Andrea Cumbo-Floyd
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 1,007,989
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Andi Cumbo-Floyd is a writer, editor, and farmer who lives at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband, four dogs, four cats, three rabbits, six goats, and thirty-six chickens. She appreciates the literary community and does all she can to support it. Her main research and writing interests are the practices of writing and the history and legacy of slavery in Virginia. She writes regularly at,, and

Table of Contents

I Love Writers 1

Go Wild! 3

Writing the In-Between. 5

Publishing Books Makes Me Uncomfortable, but That’s Okay 9

The Gift of Literary Citizenship. 13

Write What You Want to Know.. 15

Write into the Unknown. 19

Leaning into What We Cannot Control 21

You Can’t Rush a Writing Life. 25

Who We Listen To. 31

What Are We Afraid Of? 35

The Teeter-Totter of Discipline and Grace. 41

A Little Bit at a Time. 45

The Embodied Writer 47

The Angsty Relationship of Writing and Sales 51

So Many Good, Important Things to Do. 55

When We Feel Guilty for Writing. 59

Writing Deep Without Over-Reaching. 63

Giving Space. 69

The Best Thing I’ve Done for My Writing Life. 75

The Waiting. 79

Listening and Letting Go. 81

Embrace the Mystery. 85

Resting on the Discipline. 89

Sometimes, Writers, We Need Help. 93

Push Through or Step Back? 97

A Writer’s Greatest Strength. 101

Some Writerly Love from Me to You. 105

Looking on Ourselves and Our Work with True Love. 107

Go Small and Go Gentle. 109

Look for the Intersections 111

Heart Song. 113

What’s a Writer to Do when Life Is Crushing? 117

The Call to Write. 119

The Call to Bravery. 123

Today Alone. 127

That Time I Stuck My Finger in a Horse’s Nose. 133

Write for the Wonder of it All 137

Moving Between Serendipity and Discipline. 143

The Rhythms, Oh the Blessed Rhythms 147

How to Build a Writing Platform with Authenticity. 151

Working the Percentages 157

“The Written Word Is Weak”. 161

The Power of Momentum.. 165

Looking for the Silver 169

Bald, Baby Heads and Tears 171

Garlic, Ritual, and My Return. 175

I Knew Every Room.. 179

Writing Because of Now.. 183

What It Feels Like to Sign a Book Contract 187

The Lessons of the Trees 189

Writers, It’s Okay to Make Money and Be Famous 191

Epilogue. 195

Other Books by Andi 197

Writing Books. 197

Other Titles 197

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