On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts explores the concept of writing in a refreshingly inclusive fashion, and offers ideas and tips for building and strengthening helpful writing habits.
As someone who writes daily, but who spends more time on corporate writing than on fiction, I appreciated that the authors of this book took a wide view of what it means to be a writer. Often I get the feeling from writing books that only novelists need apply, although my experience has been that the writing I do in different genres only serves to improve my writing in other formats. On Being a Writer invites the reader to explore what a writing identity means to him or her, and the ideas found throughout the book could be usefully applied to fiction, nonfiction, blogging, or any other sort of writing you do.
On Being a Writer is not a book on writing craft, but rather a manual for building the sort of habits that foster a strong writing life. The habits covered in the book will serve you well if you’re just beginning to build a writing life or if you’ve been a writer for a long time. No matter what sort of writing you do, if you identify yourself as a writer, I’d recommend this book.
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