Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Review: A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves

A Writer’s Book of Days is a book that should be on every writer’s bookshelf. Written by Judy Reeves, it’s a resource that any writer can use, whether you’re a novice or a professional. It can help you develop a writing practice or get over a writer’s block. Whether you’re working on your great American novel or in between projects, you will find A Writer’s Book of Days a useful addition to your library.

This book provides wonderful daily prompts for writing exercises. The examples are fresh and compelling, providing stimulating prompts to work from. I like to set the alarm on my iPod for twenty minutes and I write whatever the prompt spurs me to.

Not only does the book provide outstanding writing prompts, Reeves also give us food for thought. Each month she has a series of short articles on a variety of topics that any author would find interesting and inspiring. She has sections on writing habits, writing practices, and writing skills. Her September section alone has enough to keep me thinking for years.

As I write this review, I’m looking over at my own copy of A Writer’s Book of Days. I’ve had it for about three years now. I have one of those Post-it® tabs marking the page for this week’s commentary, entitled “Clichés and Other Bad Habits”. I’ve already read this section several times, and I’m sure I’ll read it several more times before I finally retire this book. It’s always good to refresh the things I should know as a writer. It’s also good to refresh things this writer forgets. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves. I think you’ll find it worth your time.

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