Write Your Heart Out
, in the words of author Rebecca McClanahan, "is a mixture of direct instruction, writing exercises and prompts, examples from published and unpublished texts, and personal reflections on the writing process." Though a final chapter of the book does touch upon preparing your "private I" writing for the "public eye," the book emphasizes process, not product. McClanahan is interested in writing as a way of life, not in writing as a career. Her gentle, mellifluous words encourage the would-be writer to explore journal writing, memoir, writing about joy and sorrow, letter writing, and collaborative writing. The book's lovely, anecdotal prose is geared toward the person who has always wanted to write, but who, for whatever reason, just hasn't gotten around to it. Don't waste years waiting for life to become less busy, McClanahan says. "No one actually has time to write; each writer must make the time." --Jane Steinberg
From Library Journal
What makes a how-to writing manual effective often depends on what the reader brings to the book. This book is for those wanting inspiration and new ways of looking at their own world rather than aloof advice on how to improve their technique. McClanahan, the author of six books, including Word Painting, focuses here on the less tangible aspects of writing, with advice on writing from the perspective of joy rather than sorrow and writing letters of love and sympathy. She emphasizes the therapeutic character of personal writing and discusses such topics as writing about the past, work, one's goals, interests, and fears. Her warm and friendly tone is sure to inspire many. Well written and browsable, this book is highly recommended for public libraries. Lisa J. Cihlar, Monroe P.L., Monroe, WI
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