Once we were in the door, we became one with the flow of other fans and we all found our seats. After that, it was all good. In fact, very good.
I often think about that day when I’m staring at a blank screen or sheet of paper. When it comes to writing, finding the way IN is half the battle. Once you’re in the door, you get in the flow and… with any luck.. it’s a win.
Writing prompts can be one of a writer’s best friends – right up there with coffee in fact. Kicking in the Wall is my new favorite writing prompts book and if you are a writer, author (any genre), and/or blogger (we can use prompts as much as anyone), you’ll definitely want to add this book to your library.
“I would go as far as I could and hit a wall,” said musician and memoirist Patti Smith. In response, playwright Sam Shepard advised, “When you hit a wall, just kick it in.” Writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie’s powerful writing prompts give us just the push we need to do it. Like a workout with a top trainer, her exercises warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle.
Kicking In the Wall includes quotes from famous writers to accompany the exercises, as well as real-world examples of completed exercises by the author’s students in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Though Abercrombie says readers need only commit to five minutes per exercise, she writes, “I’ve seen novels, memoirs, and many essays get started in those five minutes, and a lot ended up being published.” Her playful method is essential fuel for writers trying to get off the starting block, persevere through challenges, and cross their personal creativity finish lines.
Author Barbara Abercrombie wrote another one of my favorite books for writers, A Year of Writing Dangerously, so I absolutely couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. Spending time with one of her books is like spending time with your own personal writing instructor as she gives you one-on-one advice, tips, and even “hacks.”
I not at all surprised she has this effect on her readers. Not only is she an author, she teaches at the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Is it any wonder her books have such a profound effect on her readers?
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