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Cheerleading for Writers: Discover How Truly Talented You Are Paperback – October 12, 2017
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In many ways, as one reads the book, it feels more like one is taking a personal journey with the author, seeing her own writing career as she experienced it, and often times, very intimately so. This adds authenticity and moreover, a more commanding presentation than simply stating the do’s and don’ts of writing.
This book feels like a conversation with the author. It flows freely and openly, bound together by a clever structure of alphabetical topics. It is a dialogue you can hear as if you were spending time with a fellow writer over coffee. The author is committed to authenticity and worried less about being comprehensive than she is about being honest. Honesty is her world, the honesty of the written word, the honesty of the complexity of pursuing writing as an avocation until one is lucky enough to actually make a living crafting words.
It is the process of writing that she loves, and the joy of composition that she wishes to demystify. She doesn't want you to feel alone, and she doesn’t want you to give up. If you need a little inspiration, she is there for you. If you need a little practical advice, she is equally there for you. The “cheerleading” is never forced. It is as conversational and caring as the strength she wants you to find in your heart.
As I was nearing the end of this short but insightful collection of ideas, I found a particularly uplifting moment in the author’s take on voice. She admits this has been a difficult lesson to master, and then she brings forward the glowing simplicity of conveying a true persona:
“Now I realize, each of us has a voice. Since the day we were born. This voice inside every one of us changes over time. I discovered that my voice is sometimes sad, sometimes merry, sometimes utterly strange, at times understanding and kind.”
Indeed she is kind, generous of spirit and generous of community. She wants us to be a part of her world and she a part of ours. If you are embarking on the written word and find yourself needing a cheer, this warm-hearted book will get you moving in a positive direction.
I highly recommend Victoria Ichizli-Bartels' book Cheerleading for Writers. Even if you have no interest in writing right now, you will learn a lot what a writer goes through during their writing journey. The book is an absolute must if you started your writing journey but don't have cheerleaders who support you in their unique way, provide constructive criticism or just root for your success. This book can act as your proxy cheerleader. I could relate to this book since I just completed my first book. I just wished I had come across this book before I started my book project so I could have many obstacles I encountered.
Ichizli-Bartels presents an honest, straightforward and insightful perspective on the end to end process of writing. She has masterfully shown literally from A to Z that writing is quite complicated, but anyone can do it if you are committed, dedicated and curious. You own your success. She points out that when you are writing, you will have both good days and bad days, but you must stay the course and finish your writing project.
She vividly shares her story on how she got started, how she found her cheerleaders from all over the world and how much she reveres them in how they have helped her become a better writer as well as a better person. Writing at the end is about creativity not just about creating a written work but how creative you are in getting the writing project done. There are a lot of good writers who can't get a book done and will never be able to share their thoughts, ideas, and stories with others.
I will certainly return to this book again when I start my next major writing project, so I know that I am taking on a new writing project because I enjoy thinking, learning and sharing. Ichizli-Bartels writes in the closing paragraphs of her book as a call to action for writers: "There is no one like you, and no one can write your stories as you do. Only YOU can. " I agree.