#IWSG August

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

August 4 question – What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

The awesome co-hosts for the August 4 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox!

There are so many favorite craft books, but the one I go back to over and over again is Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

The chapters are short which encourages me to read a bit and then get right to writing. I have noted how her last sentences are zingers as well and most of them are underlined in my stained and water logged copy.

There is a simplicity to this book that is appealing. Most of the advice centers around, “just write” which is helpful for some reason coming from her.

I am inspired by her prompts like, “I remember..” that is referenced in many other writing classes. I love the idea of her Spontaneous Poetry Booth that she sets up at a fair.

Natalie writes alone, with other people, in notebooks, and for publication. She hikes and is a Buddhist. Reading her stories make me want to write my own.

I am looking forward to reading what books appeal to other members today in the group as well!

4 thoughts on “#IWSG August

  1. That does sound like a good craft book. I may look into that one! It kind of reminds me of “The Art of War for Writers” by James Scott Bell. That also had very short chapters with very quick and pithy writing advice, which really does help get you into writing mode faster.

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  2. _Writing Down the Bones_ was the first writing advice book I ever read. I haven’t opened it in years, and might have (permanently) loaned it to someone a long time ago. Time to get a new copy.

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  3. thank you tammy for your post and sorry for the delay in responding. Your favourite writing book sounds right up my alley, thank you for sharing. I agree with you, appropriating prompts to get one’s own juices going are, for me, the most important way to get the most out of other people’s work.
    Wishing you a restful end of summer, before the autumn term.

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