Thursday, June 4, 2015

Book Review: The Write Life by Courtney Danyel and Connie Brentford

Published: March 19th, 2015
Publisher: Moonlighter Media
Read from June 1st to 4th, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Are you suffering because you don’t meet your word count goals? Does the blank page taunt you even when you’re not in front of your computer? Do you spend days rewriting one sentence? The inability to produce words has created writer misery and suffering for ages and no writer is completely immune.
This book was created to relieve your distress, encourage your creativity and help you maximize your word count. We want to help you become the productive, prolific writer you know you can be. Whether you’re a procrastinator, you haven’t written a word for years, or you struggle with a low word count each day, our advice can help you create new habits and banish writer’s block forever.
Included in the book: 23 questions that help you pinpoint your writer’s block Tools to help you avoid distraction and measure your progress Specific habits to help you create maximum productivity Quick tips that help you change things today How to find the perfect environment for your writer cave Where to go online for help and community when you need it How to push through when your topic is boring How to adjust the way you think to produce a higher word count 10 Quick Exercises that will have you producing words in less than 10 minutes 20 Abstract Prompts that give you the freedom to expand on your ideas 51 Topical Prompts in specific book genres like science fiction, mystery, nonfiction topics and more Where to sign up to get the best online prompts for continuous creativity How to overcome perfectionism when you write Proven creativity exercises that help you get words on the page
This book is full of advice, exercises and prompts to help you identify and change your bad habits and fear into productivity and confidence. Don’t let fear of criticism, perfectionism or the dreaded middle of the story keep you from writing. We teach you how to manage your time and give you the resources and skills to help you create the writing career you deserve, starting today.


The first thing I really have to say about this book is that it was shorter than I would have expected. It's seven chapters long, but each chapter feels incredibly short. I'd say each of them took less than ten minutes to read. There are tips and all of that, but everything is brief. The entire book could probably be read easily in one sitting, although I didn't do that.

Overall, I just considered this book okay. There was no information or ideas in it that I didn't already know, and I imagine it is stuff most authors would know as well. There were prompts, questions, etc., but I don't imagine they are things I will ever go back to. I do feel like all of this information could easily be found through blog posts, and nothing about the book made it feel like it warranted being paid for when you can get the same information for free online. If it had been longer with more advice, maybe I would feel differently.

On top of the briefness of the book, there were tons of quotes by well known authors. While those can be enjoyable, it only served to make the actual information in the book feel like less.

It's definitely not a bad book. There is good advice in there. It's just not anything new or exciting, and it's also not old information said in a new and interesting way. If people were to ask me for some ideas for dealing with writer's block, I think there are other places I would rather point them to, but if they already had this book anyway, it would be possible it would provide them with some help.

I received this book for free from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

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