The list author says: "Since April of 2090, when I read Stephen King's "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft", I have been writing daily and reading copiously. These are the two first commandments of writing. I have reached the point now at which I am still writing daily and rising before six each day to do so. And I am reading, as I always did, as much as my newly retired status permits, which is a lot. I have at last "come out" and joined a writer's group and we give each other support and feedback. I have nothing worthy of publishing yet but the joy is in the writing and these books, in my list, are the ones that helped me and might help you too."
"Loved this book. Funny as anything I've ever read (the first half of the book is autobiography) and, as I wrote in my review, surprisingly inspiring - the "surprisingly" in there is because I wasn't expecting to be inspired to write. It's another one that I read twice (so far)."
"Inspiring. There is the potential for despair in an aspiring writer's life. This is the book to get you through those times. Don't imagine that it's all this book is good for. It's a damn good laugh too. A good friend of a book. I have read and re-read it."
"Wonderful book. Just look how old it is and still, for all it's quaintness of phraseology, it is a really helpful and very inspiring text. I've lent mine out. I'll have to get another copy. It's too good not to re-read, and not just once."
"This is a good guide to the writer's life; best used as a guide over a year of writing. That of course is implicit in the title. The only problem with that is that you might try to follow too many guides at once, using other such guides at the same time. If you do it might get difficult. Also, this author has a Jungian take on things, which I am in sympathy with to a major extent."