Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers

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Today’s nonfiction post is on Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers and is edited by Jack Canfield et al. It is 405 pages long including information about writers and the book series. It is published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing. The cover is white with title and information in blue and a woman’s hand writing. The intended reader is someone who is looking reasons to keep trying in the writing field. There is no language, no sex, and no violence in this book. Any age can read this. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- 101 Motivational Stories for Writer, from bloggers to bestsellers. From budding bloggers to bestselling novelists, your fellow writers share their best advice, writing tips, time management strategies, and personal ups and downs in the business of writing. These stories will motivate you, entertain you , and keep those words flowing!
Bestselling novelist J.A. Jance explains how her next book rights a wrong done to a friend killed in Vietnam. Award-winning Young Adult novelist Sarah Darer Littman talks about her “second book blues”. Read how bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan was mentored in the writing world by someone she had mentored in the TV world, and how Jenna Glatzer overcame her agoraphobia to ghostwrite Celine Dion’s biography. Marc Tyler Nobleman explains how he unmasked the true creator of Batman series.
With chapters on overcoming your fears, beating writer’s block, accepting rejection, and making time to write, you’ll feel like you’re at a first-class writers’ conference. Additional chapters cover how to use writer’s groups and mentors effectively, tried and true methods to find new inspiration, and how writing can change your own life and others.

Review- I had never read a Chicken Soup book before. Just never crossed my mind or my desk before. But when I was processing this book I read one of the chapters. After that I had to read more and I am going to be getting more in the Chicken Soup series. All writers have similar problems. We get busy, the story is too hard, and the rejections just keep coming. But in this book no matter what you are facing as a writer there is someone who understands. From the guy with over 200 rejections to the mom trying to handle the pain of a child with cancer there is someone who will get you. Be prepared to cry but I think that is normal for this series. If you are looking for a way to connect with other writers who are not that different from yourself and have the same problems then give this book a try.

I give this book Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.