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Divided into easy-to-digest lessons, you'll get to the heart of what compels you to put pen to paper and how to create a sustainable practice.
I was a participant in Cumbo-Floyd's email version of this course AND snapped up the Kindle Version for personal and future reference....so when I have those days (or weeks) of my writing practice feeling stale or as if something isn't fitting right, I have some tools and exercises to experiment with.
A wonderful addition to my books on the craft of writing!
You WILL find systematic and thoughtful exercises to validate you as a writer and establish habits and intentions to make your journey more enjoyable, fulfilling, and potentially profitable. Andi Cumbo-Floyd admits no hierarchy of writers or genre preference. You are a writer or you aren't. All are equal. All are dear to her. (I don't know her but her concern shines through in every chapter.)
I don't lack for confidence and have some experience as a writer. The first half of the book was a skim-job for me. But the last half changed how I will write in the future. I implemented changes this morning and I just finished the book last night.
The best way to develop skills and rack up successes is by intentionally building new habits. Systems. Mental muscle memory. What isn't specifically named as such is the need for your writer's Mission Statement. Why do you write? For whom do you write? Where do you write? (Don't overlook the importance of place.) Answers to these questions determine what you write and when to write it. Andi guides readers through each question.
Andi is warm, genuine, and extends an ancouraging hand or open arms to all writers because she loves them. Kinship is powerful. I love everyone who loves horses. It's just how we're made - to love those who love what we do.
I was introduced to Andi when I clicked a bonus link after completing an online writing workshop. This book was part of the package. There were lots of bonuses and many voices sharing the same (important marketing) messages. Two of the experts stood out from the crowd because they serve the person of the writer, not just the business of being a writer. Andi is one of the two.
Are you willing to take an objective look at yourself as a writer? I know time and cash are precious and limited resources -- in my opinion this book is worth the investment if you're open to the exercise.
While the book is incredibly encouraging and supportive, at the same time, Cumbo-Floyd doesn't shy away from asking writers to honestly examine the current realities of the publishing marketplace and their own relationship to it.
I think Discover Your Writing Self is an important book for creative writing teachers as well. While learning craft is important, living the writing life is so much more than that. In fact, for the next edition of the book, I would like to see suggestions at the end of each chapter for creative writing teachers and writing groups to facilitate group discussion and reflection.
So much of Andi's writing on writing feels like it was meant just for me. But apparently I'm not the only one. If you're reading this review, you probably need it too.