Writer’s Gym has helped me in so many ways and I am grateful to have picked it up. This review is intended to share the benefits I have discovered, in hopes that maybe it can be helpful for you as well.
The best thing about this book is that there are articles throughout where real writers share their experiences and lessons. They are invaluable and fascinating pieces of work. To get insight into another writer’s creative process is especially useful when they’re sharing it specifically to teach you how to get better. At the end of the articles there are exercises that are meant to help you become more skilled in your craft. This book has exercises that are useful for writers at any level. Whether you've been writing for months or years, there are projects and tips that will be useful for you. I’ve done a number of the training exercises that occur inside this book and I have found that my writing has improved. Also I have also found that these exercises serve as fun project warm ups.
Sometimes before I begin writing I feel a little stiff, like I need to get my creative mind juiced up before I start into the meat of what I’m working on. Having a book like this which I can flip through to find a warm up exercise has improved my creative process and allowed me to become more efficient and more effective when writing. I highly recommend this book to any writer who sits down at their keyboard feeling like they need to get their juices flowing before they write.
Another great quality of this book is the recommended reading at the end of each chapter. The books that are listed inside are not only informative and useful, but genuinely entertaining and important. I am the kind of person who loves to have books I can read to become more knowledgeable and more skilled. Inside Writer’s Gym, there are many different suggested titles that are helpful and insightful for the aspiring or experienced writer. It’s awesome to have a book like this nearby when I am looking for my next informational purchase. Also it builds trust in the writer knowing that she lists other reputable titles that I might be interested in.
At the end of the day, I feel this is a companion book that I will be turning to indefinitely. I can see myself going back to these exercises and articles time and again, no matter how much experience I eventually acquire. When you’re an artist, there’s no end to the journey to become better at your craft. Having a piece of literature like this beside you is an incredible resource which can inspire you and help you become the best you can be. I give this book 10 out of 10, because I don’t see myself ever truly putting it down. If you’re like me and you desire to become a better writer, I highly recommend this writer’s companion as your next purchase.
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