Bryan Hutchinson is a freelance writer who shares his views on writing in a blunt, no-holds-barred manner. In Inspired Writer: How to Create Magic With Your Words, he takes the gloves off with some down and dirty advice on everything from overcoming writer’s block to finding your muse (or perhaps it’s better to say, letting your muse find you).
This isn’t a how-to book. It’s a think piece for anyone who wants to write better. Hutchinson’s focus is on YOU the writer, and how to unlock your ability to get your thoughts across in the most effective manner.
If you want to write better, you’re the key, and this book can help you find the right keyhole. It is not the magic bullet that will guarantee your next book will be a best seller; just some no-nonsense advice on how to write what’s inside you in a way that will resonate with readers.
“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.
I doubt that there’s a normal, rational person who doesn’t want to be happy. There is certainly no shortage of books by self-styled gurus telling us how to be happy, successful, rich, you name it. The problem with most of these books is, THEY DON’T REALLY WORK.
If you think I’m skeptical about books that offer the secret to (fill in the blanks), you’d be right on the money. It was, therefore, with just that skeptical, ‘I’m from Missouri, so show me’ mindset that I began reading Bryan Hutchinson’s Happy Every Day: Simple, Effective Ways to Better Days. From page one I challenged Hutchinson to ‘show me.’
Well, guess what folks, he did. This is not one of those, ‘here’s the great secret to happiness, and if you’ll only follow these 5 simple steps, you’ll never be unhappy again’ books. This is a practical, no-nonsense book that dissects happiness and, using the author’s own experience, shows that true happiness is within the reach of each of us, but that it is up to us to chart the path to achieve it.
Hutchinson makes no grandiose claims. He just outlines in simple language how an individual can have a life that is, on balance, more happy than unhappy – and moreover, more fulfilling. There are no real surprises here – just plain old common sense. But, it’s pulled together in an easy-to-read, easy-to-comprehend format, complete with end of chapter exercises to help chart your path to happiness.
I’m still not a fan of most how-to books, but Hutchinson has me hooked on his brand of ‘you can.’ Maybe he’s started a new category here, and we just have find a name for it.
Four and a half stars. I took a half star off for a few grammatical missteps. Can’t have him thinking he’s one of the best motivational authors around, now can we?