Writers and Their Notebooks

Non-Fiction - General
224 Pages
Reviewed on 03/15/2010
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

"Writers and Their Notebooks", edited by Diana Raab, was a pleasure to read, insightful and refreshing. Experienced writers,new writers,those that want to write,and people just looking for motivation will find this book exhilarating. If you`re writing a book and are in a slump, read this to perk up...

Just as the artist is in love with his sketchbook and brushes, so is the writer with their pens,pencils notebooks,journals or diaries. This book does a great job pointing out just how important a notebook can be to a writer as a tool,a muse,for survival or for life.

Sue Grafton said of her notebook, "It allows me to play...what if?"

Kim Stafford says hers is "a place with no limits."

Bonnie Morris leaves us with a real zinger definition of journal writing, "It`s like having sex in public; do it, if you dare, and people will stare!"

I seldom read nonfiction, but I found Raab`s book to be a refreshing peek into a very personal part of writers` lives; I felt almost voyeuristic.