Writing Past Dark, written by Bonnie Friedman, is sure to stir up the inner writer inside of you. For you folks who are already relentlessly pounding away on the keyboard, you will find more fuel to stoke your inspirational furnace and keep the monsters at bay. After all, most of us deal with writing demons. They chase away the muse and leave us jaded. This book will help you smite those black eyed beasts.
At 146 pages, you will roll through this one in no time at all. Friedman uses personal anecdotes to drive you through the books core concepts. Her style and voice are very appealing and I found myself swept along by her words.
As someone who struggles with their own writing demons, and works daily to help others find the light, I found the sections on Writer’s Disease, Distraction, How to Get the Meaning In, and Why We Can’t Write to be the most impactful.
What resonated for me in this book was the heart of the writer – Friedman. Some authors have a way of connecting with the reader on a very deep and personal level. Friedman snagged me early and wouldn’t let go. Again, if you are struggling with the craft, this book might just be what you need. And given the short length it’s not a huge investment of time.
I‘m always looking for new books! Especially books about the craft. Is there one you were thinking about but haven’t pulled the trigger on buying yet? Let me know – my trigger finger is always itchy and Amazon is a click away. As for now, I have another weapon to use against the darkness. Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!