Word Work: Surviving and Thriving as a Writer
by Bruce Holland Rogers
Invisible Cities Press
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Bruce Holland Rogers can usually be found writing fiction from his home in Eugene, Oregon. In 2002, he came out with a book to help other writers survive the psychological pitfalls of this craft. "Word Work, Surviving and Thriving as a Writer" is for the beginner as well as the seasoned writer. Rogers sprinkles his writing with anecdotes and a bit of whimsy as he discusses why we have a love-hate relationship with writing. Rogers starts this book by exploring the difficulties of beginning a writing project. His last chapter describes the challenges of ending it. All 247 pages might be considered delightfully therapeutic. A former creative writing teacher at the Universities of Colorado and Illinois, Rogers is a bit of a rebel in the world of writing. He dispels the common belief that procrastination is bad, that you should keep your day job and that workshops are always a good thing. And Rogers’ take on writer’s block is original and refreshing. If you’re looking for the nuts and bolts of writing, this isn’t the book. But if it’s a sense of camaraderie and emotional counsel you’re seeking, you’ll want to definitely buy "Word Work." Reading this lively book is like sharing creative insights with your best writer buddies.
–Patricia Fry, President of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) http://www.spawn.org and author 16 books including "The Successful Writer’s Handbook." http://www.matilijapress.com