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I don’t actually remember how I found this book, but I am sure glad I did! Author Scott Nicholson has put together a volume of 33 articles written by authors like Gayle Lynds, Kevin J. Anderson, M.J. Rose, Heather Graham, Douglas Clegg, Alexandra Sokoloff, J.A. Konrath, Harley Jane Kozak, Jonathan Maberry (and more) that has me sailing through the pages devouring all of it.
The chapters are grouped into sections on ART, CRAFT, and BUSINESS and the whole book feels like I’m sitting at a coffee shop with these authors as they share insights and personal woes about writing.
One piece in particular that really resonated with me was the chapter on Discipline by Kristine Kathryn Rusch which changed what I did when I got to my desk today. Instead of giving in to the demon that wants me to check my email and facebook and twitter and then get up to eat something (chocolate covered doughnuts hubby hid in the fridge) and do laundry and nap and clean toilets and do ANYTHING as long as it isn’t actual writing, I instead asked myself, “What about this isn’t working?” And I powered through. It is amazing how our mind will play us like a puppet if we let it.
I wish I could say that I wrote all the things I needed to on this day, I can’t. I can say I wrote more today than I would have, given the push from the advice in these pages. So, that’s worth something. At this time, the Kindle version is free, so it is DEFINITELY worth your time, even if it won’t cost your dime.
I leave you with this: plucked right from my garden and smelling up the joint something wonderful!