I was given this book as part of the book swap, and it was the perfect read for me. In fact, I have written a thousand words a day the last several days which I owe in part to reading this.
Mostly what I enjoyed was the support the author provides writers in the sense that she makes sure writers understand it is perfectly Okay to feel crazy, worthless, and so on. I really appreciated hearing this from the perspective of a successful writer.
I must critique her language, though. This might be a consequence of me reading the book in its entirety instead of spacing this out while reading something else. I generally read one book at a time, but I think this may be one that is not meant for this approach. I say this because her language can start to feel very heavy and wordy at times. There is such a volume of adjectives about self-loathing and deprecation that may read in a more ironic way if breaking up the reading over a longer period of time.
I took some time to read about the author and her personal life to get some context from which this level of denigration comes, and that was helpful. I get it, I just am honestly saying it is a little much for me in a book about writing. Overall, regardless, I found that this book brought me back to basics, and it came to me at a wonderful time in my writing life.
I’d rate this book 3.5/5