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We all lead busy lives. Some of us approach our daily routines a little more creatively than others. We read, we imagine, we dream up stories and, sometimes, we share these stories. For those creative minds that enjoy sharing a good story, there is also the passion to want to write, to find the time, the location and the material to make a good story. While many would-be writers procrastinate with repetitive excuses for things that are preventing the writing muse to take action, others find a way to prompt their skills into action. What better way to become inspired and to hone our writing skills than with a book, a manual full of ideas and prompts. That’s what Bonni Goldberg has created with her Room to Write: Daily Invitation to a Writer’s Life.
Bonni Goldberg shares 200 daily ideas, essays and writing prompts to get even the most reluctant writer, or the writer’s block writer, moving forward with their writing. There are essays by the author to explain the process and quotations from well-known, and perhaps not so well known, authors to inspire us. Throughout it all, she encourages writers to be organized, to file everything they write and highlight those writings that hold the most promise or the greatest interest. At the end of the 200 prompts, the author concludes with more sound advice: “Writing is an aggressive act because you aren’t leaving well enough alone. Some people will love you for it and others will feel threatened by your nerve. Whenever you write you reject being a passive receiver or a victim. When you finish a piece, you’re refusing to be silenced or ignored. Writing is brave.” Room to Write: Daily Invitation to a Writer’s Life is a valuable companion to both would-be and established writers.