Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Book Review: "The Courage to Write" by Ralph Keyes

Have you ever read a book and found yourself described on nearly every page?  Have you ever read a book that fired your imagination so much, you could only stand to read a little at a time because it gave you so much to think about? Have you ever read a book that, before you finished it the first time, you knew you would read it over and over? (This last question is directed only to "re-readers", which I understand is only a small subset of all readers.)

This was just such a book for me.  I was prepared to treasure it from the beginning because it was a gift which I blogged about at the time.  I savored every page as I read it.  Now, I keep it next to me when I'm writing -- for inspiration and encouragement.  So far I haven't needed to pick it up for consolation and/or butt kicking, but it's there when the day comes I need that, too.

I will make no attempt to describe the book further.  I will simply say: if you're a writer, read this book, and be prepared to laugh, cry and hide under the covers in shame.  If you're an aspiring writer, click over to right this minute and buy it!

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