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Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin MD – a Review

At first glance it might seem that a book called Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself has nothing to do with writing. However, there’s at least two reasons why I think that it is an important book for writers. Everything in one way or another has something to do with writing.  What we learn about life …

The Friday Review: The Economist Style Guide

A book on writing by The Economist magazine may not seem the obvious choice for someone who mainly writes fiction. And yes, I am pretty sure The Economist Style Guide is primarily aimed at writers of articles. Nevertheless, I found it useful. Now in its 10th edition, the book was first published in 1986. Each new edition is updated to …

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Book Review: Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

Becoming a Writer was one of the first books about the writing process I ever read. It was written way back in the 1930s, and remains popular today, almost eighty years after its publication. This is quite an achievement, especially when you consider how many books have been written on writing in the last few decades. However, I done the research then that …

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10 Brilliant Self-Help Books

These ten books have guided me from feeling like a total failure who had no idea how to cope with life, to where I am today. Where exactly that is is hard to say, and varies day to day and moment to moment. Mostly it’s content with life and able to see the silver lining. Mostly it’s feeling love and compassion …

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The Friday Review: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Although The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has similarities to the books about the writing process that I’ve reviewed so far, it also has significant differences. For Cameron, as well as Anne Lamott and Natalie Goldberg writing is process of becoming conscious. None of them tell you how to create the perfect plot that will propel you to fame and …

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Book Review: Write Right! by Jan Venolia

First off, a confession: my copy of Write Right! (yes the exclamation mark is part of the title) is very old. As in very, very old. It’s so old that the spine has faded. It’s so old that is was written pre-emails and internet and all those other things we take for granted. Texting wasn’t even a word. So I …

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Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: A Review

At first, Bird by Bird seems a strange title for a book about writing. And, well, yes it is. Possibly if it was about to be published for the first time today its publisher would have demanded a new title, something more search-engine friendly. Thankfully, in 1994, when Anne Lamott’s book first arrived on the shelves of booksellers, the internet …

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Review of Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

When my children were younger one of their favourite questions to ask was, “What’s your favourite…?” Colour, animal, type of chocolate, singer, television series that I never watched but they did – it didn’t matter what it was, they wanted to know my favourite. And I’d sit there, saying, “Um… I don’t know. I don’t really have a favourite.” “But …