Day: October 13, 2014
“If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out.” This quote by William Blake starts the introduction to Bryan Hutchinson’s excellent mentoring volume for writers, Writer’s Doubt: The #1 Enemy of Writing (and What You Can Do about it). I was fortunate to get a free review copy, and after reading it, I only wish Hutchinson had written it many years ago when I was just getting started in the business of writing.
There’s not a writer who has not at some time or other been paralyzed by doubts about his or her ability to master the art of writing – who is suddenly struck with such doubt, there is a certainty that no one wants to read what has been laboriously put upon the page. Using his own experiences in overcoming doubt, Hutchinson takes the reader on a journey that will help banish the demons of self-doubt, and set the writer on the path to self-fulfillment. He writes in a self-deprecating manner, unlike many authors of books on how-to write, that is easy to identify with. He also includes a lot of practical advice that is useful for any writer, whether plagued with doubt or not.
Whether you’re just beginning on the journey or are a veteran from the trenches, this is a reference book that you should have in your library. Four stars to Bryan Hutchinson for an excellent book.