Tuesday, May 14, 2013

[REVIEW] The Company of Writers

Title: The Company of Writers
Author: Hilma Wolitzer
Blurb: Award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer’s expert guide to navigating a life of writing through workshops and writers’ groups.

Review: As a fellow writer, I really enjoyed this book!

It's obvious that Wolitzer knows what she's talking about. She offers not just advice on the writing process and workshops/writers' groups, but also shares some of her own work. She talks about the well-meaning family members who lets you know you're the best writer they've ever read, as well as the sometimes (seemingly at least) too harsh external critics; how to put together a writers' group - and how not to; the downside of scribbling down story ideas on virtually every surface at virtually every hour; the upside of keeping a journal, and many other things it's good for a writer - budding or otherwise - to know.

It was an enjoyable read, full of situations I could definitely relate to. The part about keeping a notebook to write down ideas in is one I've already adopted a long time ago. But even though I've been writing for a long time, I found lots of tricks and tools I'll definitely try out.

I recommend this book to everyone interested in writing.

Rating: 4 bookshelves out of 5.

Disclaimer: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by Open Road Media for the purpose of a review.

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