- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harmony (August 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307341704
- ISBN-13: 978-0307341709
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper: Gifting the World with Your Words and Stories, and Creating the Time and Energy to Actually Do It Paperback – August 12, 2008
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About the Author
SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is the bestselling author and artist of fifteen books, including the national bestsellers Succulent Wild Woman, Bodacious Book of Succulence, Eat Mangoes Naked, Prosperity Pie, and Fabulous Friendship Festival. She is an acclaimed speaker and teacher, and is the CEO and founder of Planet SARK, a thriving business that promotes empowered living. SARK lives in San Francisco; visit her at www.PlanetSARK.com.
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Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper: Gifting the World With Your Words and Stories and Creating The Time and Energy to Actually Do It is as yummy inside as it looks on the cover. SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) illustrated every individual letter inside the book (she gives us a peek into her creative process by noting she handwrites at least 1,000 pages for each of her books).
This is the sort of writer’s book that is short enough so as not to make a writer feel guilty to be reading but long enough that it inspires her to get back to back to her notebook or keyboard.
It’s filled with practical tips, the kind of ideas that make you believe there are stories around every corner and truly thirsty reams of paper. But even better are her encouraging words that every solitary writer who works as she looks longingly out a nearby window needs to hear:
“You dare to fill the world with your enthusiasm, perspective and experiences, … to write the rage and ordinary and dumb details, … to be seen as flawed, … to be viewed and projected upon as wildly successful and ingenious … how dare you?”
I'm doing much more web writing for various outlets where I need to sometimes follow a set formula. This book has helped me add more of myself to that writing and also to keep up with my personal writing.
I don't think her work is for everyone. She's honest about herself and her faults - the type of writing that makes some people uncomfortable. And the style might be hard on some eyes. I still recommend it for those who like her style and need a kick in the rear to be more authentic in their writing.
As well as being visually appealing and infused with playful humor, this book bursts with practical and simple exercises for the writer in overcoming creative blockages. Particularly inspiring are the portraits of other writers who share their insights on the creative process. Finally, the lists of writing resources at the end are worth the price of the book alone.
"Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper" will easily become a valuable tool for any new or veteran writer. I highly recommend it.
Abby Caplin, MD, MA
Mind-Body Medicine and Counseling
San Francisco, CA