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Playwright and editor Judy Reeves has taught writing, led creative writing workshops, and participated in writing groups for years. A Writer’s Book of Days is a compilation of all that she’s learned from getting together to write with other people. She says, “the book came about because I saw the difference ongoing, regular practice could make in a writer’s life.” Practice Playwright and editor Judy Reeves has taught writing, led creative writing workshops, and participated in writing groups for years. A Writer’s Book of Days is a compilation of all that she’s learned from getting together to write with other people. She says, “the book came about because I saw the difference ongoing, regular practice could make in a writer’s life.” Practice makes perfect, and this book makes practice easy by providing writers and would-be writers with stimulating topics, helpful instruction, monthly guidelines, dozens of inspiring quotes, writerly lore, and tips for special writing sessions such as marathons, cafe writing, and other ways to make the work of writing more creative and fun.


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Playwright and editor Judy Reeves has taught writing, led creative writing workshops, and participated in writing groups for years. A Writer’s Book of Days is a compilation of all that she’s learned from getting together to write with other people. She says, “the book came about because I saw the difference ongoing, regular practice could make in a writer’s life.” Practice Playwright and editor Judy Reeves has taught writing, led creative writing workshops, and participated in writing groups for years. A Writer’s Book of Days is a compilation of all that she’s learned from getting together to write with other people. She says, “the book came about because I saw the difference ongoing, regular practice could make in a writer’s life.” Practice makes perfect, and this book makes practice easy by providing writers and would-be writers with stimulating topics, helpful instruction, monthly guidelines, dozens of inspiring quotes, writerly lore, and tips for special writing sessions such as marathons, cafe writing, and other ways to make the work of writing more creative and fun.

30 review for A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Patterson

    I carry this book with me everywhere I go. I teach people how to write books - novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction. Even writing teachers need help, and Judy Reeves provides perfect content for a writer's soul. I have found that most aspiring writers don't write - or even have a daily writing routine. This book helps you establish one. Filled with writing advice and writing insight, inspirational quotations and daily prompts, this is a book that every writer should own. I have more than 300 b I carry this book with me everywhere I go. I teach people how to write books - novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction. Even writing teachers need help, and Judy Reeves provides perfect content for a writer's soul. I have found that most aspiring writers don't write - or even have a daily writing routine. This book helps you establish one. Filled with writing advice and writing insight, inspirational quotations and daily prompts, this is a book that every writer should own. I have more than 300 books on writing. There are only three that I take with me when I travel and this is one of them. Amanda Patterson www.writerswrite.co.za

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    This book is a terrific source for writing prompts and a great book to give people who have just started writing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    SmarterLilac

    While it's not John Gardener or anything, this book has a lot of excellent quotes from established authors about the often frustrating creation of this art. My favorite, via Lynn Sharon Schwartz: "It's impossible to be a 'good girl' and a writer at the same time. When I was about 32, I decided to be a writer." (Note to Ms. Schwartz—after finding that quote, I decided to read everything you'd ever published.) While it's not John Gardener or anything, this book has a lot of excellent quotes from established authors about the often frustrating creation of this art. My favorite, via Lynn Sharon Schwartz: "It's impossible to be a 'good girl' and a writer at the same time. When I was about 32, I decided to be a writer." (Note to Ms. Schwartz—after finding that quote, I decided to read everything you'd ever published.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen

    I wish I had the tenacity to do every prompt. Alas, I am human.

  5. 5 out of 5

    kirkesque

    This book was more beneficial than any other to my writing. It provides daily writing prompts for an entire year plus about a dozen extra for each month. Unlike numerous other writing prompt sort of books I've seen over the years, this one really struck well with me--the prompts coming in the form of a single descriptive sentence (some culled from writers/poets/artists work/sayings). The way I did it was to not look ahead to any given day and wait until I was ready to sit down, then look at the d This book was more beneficial than any other to my writing. It provides daily writing prompts for an entire year plus about a dozen extra for each month. Unlike numerous other writing prompt sort of books I've seen over the years, this one really struck well with me--the prompts coming in the form of a single descriptive sentence (some culled from writers/poets/artists work/sayings). The way I did it was to not look ahead to any given day and wait until I was ready to sit down, then look at the day's suggestion and write for at least twenty minutes (mostly 30-40). In about 200+ days of using it, I found three or four short stories and about a dozen scenes for a novel from using this book as a starting point for prompt-suggested writing sessions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This is an awesome book ! I bought this for my kindle last year and I have been using a writing prompt every day. I like how it has 12 chapters, one for every month chock full of tips, hints, and fun stuff. and each chapter has writing prompts for every day of the month. I truly believe this book has kept me writing all year.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    If you want to be a writer, you have to write. You can’t just think about writing or dream that someday you may put words down on paper. You also can’t expect that you’ll sit down and in three weeks you’ll have the next great American novel. No, you have to write. A Writer’s Book of Days looks to create a writing habit. Writing needs to be done everyday, a regular writing appointment so to speak. Pen to paper. Write to write, not necessarily working on one particular piece but writing whatever ha If you want to be a writer, you have to write. You can’t just think about writing or dream that someday you may put words down on paper. You also can’t expect that you’ll sit down and in three weeks you’ll have the next great American novel. No, you have to write. A Writer’s Book of Days looks to create a writing habit. Writing needs to be done everyday, a regular writing appointment so to speak. Pen to paper. Write to write, not necessarily working on one particular piece but writing whatever happens to be on your mind, without editing or judgements. In the process, you will learn about how you write, your writing style, and what you have to say to the world. A Writer’s Book of Days is a wonderful resource for those dreaming of becoming a writer. It gives them a place to start and encourages them to practice and play with words. I think it also teaches them the important lesson that good writing comes in cycles and spurts.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hermetic Kitten

    If you love writing but struggle with motivation and constintency, this book is the one for you. The author is wise, positive and gentle. This book it the perfect push every writer needs to get the writing done, day after day. Seriously, if you like writing this book is a must have!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rob Van velthoven

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in writing or starting with writing and looking for a means to spark his or her creativeness. This book introduced me to the concept of 'writing prompts' - short little sentences to use as starting points for short writing sessions. I started to use them and found that they bring out great creativeness and sometimes surprising results. Through writing prompts I've got to know characters of whose lurking presence I wasn't aware and I've delved into I would recommend this book to anyone interested in writing or starting with writing and looking for a means to spark his or her creativeness. This book introduced me to the concept of 'writing prompts' - short little sentences to use as starting points for short writing sessions. I started to use them and found that they bring out great creativeness and sometimes surprising results. Through writing prompts I've got to know characters of whose lurking presence I wasn't aware and I've delved into story types I would not have considered otherwise. All because you have to let the words come from the writing prompt when you show up to the paper. I enjoy the writing prompts and luckily there are enough in the book to keep you going for a long time. I enjoy doing them also as a means to switch from the everyday mind to the writer's mindset without having to produce right away. Oh, and on top of the writing prompts it just has a lot of fun, practical and hands on writing tips as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Holli

    I'm not sure about this book. It's kind of dry and dull, causing me to skim-read a lot, yet it has a lot of good information in it at the same time. I found it a bit one big info dump, more so than most how-to writing books, which colored my perceptions, I guess. It didn't help that the author used the same words repetitively in both sentences and paragraphs. As well as the same advice over and over. It quickly got in my nerves. What I liked about the book, and why I bought it to begin with, is I'm not sure about this book. It's kind of dry and dull, causing me to skim-read a lot, yet it has a lot of good information in it at the same time. I found it a bit one big info dump, more so than most how-to writing books, which colored my perceptions, I guess. It didn't help that the author used the same words repetitively in both sentences and paragraphs. As well as the same advice over and over. It quickly got in my nerves. What I liked about the book, and why I bought it to begin with, is the prompts. I like them and intend to use them in my writing sessions. Overall though, the book really didn't dazzle me. COYER: Read a nonfiction book that is not an autobiography. (2 points)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Castles

    It’s a surprisingly original book in this genre of books about writing. I’ve found it helpful, encouraging and helpful. Every end of an entry gives you a little prompt to think and write about as a exercise for each day of the year (which obviously I didn’t follow as reading it through the year but at one go). Somewhere in the last third of the book it gets a little repetitive though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Roger Hyttinen

    An excellent book for writers. In addition to the year's worth of writing prompts, the book contains a plethora of valuable information on writing. You might find your muse right in this book as I found it to be a great motivational tool. An excellent book for writers. In addition to the year's worth of writing prompts, the book contains a plethora of valuable information on writing. You might find your muse right in this book as I found it to be a great motivational tool.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Marlowe

    My favorite and most trusted book on writing. I rely on this book every time I have a bout of writer’s block, and I love the fantastic writing prompts. The book is designed to inspire you, to get you writing every day, and to help you get past all the things that are holding you back from writing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    A fantastic book for anyone wanting to stimulate their writing, I highly recommend this book. If you find it , keep it. Great prompts, advice, and technique.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Naliza Fahro-Rozi

    An awakening writing journey that lasts a whole year. Good exercise for new writers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book changed my writing life. I struggled for years to get in any kind of writing habit and doing the daily prompts finally got me there. It was hard at first to get the thoughts flowing when I would read the prompts but now I can't write fast enough. The advice given each month has been easy to read, understand, and incorporate into my life. That is a rarity in and of itself as most books that give writing advice aren't as straightforward. Most of the advice is about writing PRACTICE and no This book changed my writing life. I struggled for years to get in any kind of writing habit and doing the daily prompts finally got me there. It was hard at first to get the thoughts flowing when I would read the prompts but now I can't write fast enough. The advice given each month has been easy to read, understand, and incorporate into my life. That is a rarity in and of itself as most books that give writing advice aren't as straightforward. Most of the advice is about writing PRACTICE and not meant to be a rule book for how to write, which is what I needed most at this point in my career. More and more I found ways to use the prompts to further my progress in my manuscript. Sometimes through character exploration and sometimes the prompts resulted in scenes that could use. I also found myself experimenting with genre more and stepping outside my comfort zone. I can look back on this year knowing that I have grown thanks to Judy Reeves and her book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    I probably shouldn't write a review until a year passes, but.... this is fun. It took me awhile to actually believe that it was okay to start in at some point other than January 1st. In the forward, she tells you to leap in where you are and go look up the topic of the day and then write. So, after a week of waffling, I did. The topics are grouped in varying numbers, which is good because then they don't come of as a week and throw off anyone out there like me who wants the dates and the calenda I probably shouldn't write a review until a year passes, but.... this is fun. It took me awhile to actually believe that it was okay to start in at some point other than January 1st. In the forward, she tells you to leap in where you are and go look up the topic of the day and then write. So, after a week of waffling, I did. The topics are grouped in varying numbers, which is good because then they don't come of as a week and throw off anyone out there like me who wants the dates and the calendar to line up (which just isn't going to happen). There have been some topics based on a piece of literature that I've skipped, although I did go read some of the poems first before bailing. I highly recommend it for anyone that needs to get their writing chops in order.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Pascarella

    Great prompts to get the creative juices flowing and a good daily reminder to work on something every day, even if you don't have much time. Reeves offers encouragement without sentimentality or overpromising, and she regularly acknowledges how writing is tricky and often arduous, which I appreciated. Recommended for newbies and veteran writers alike. Great prompts to get the creative juices flowing and a good daily reminder to work on something every day, even if you don't have much time. Reeves offers encouragement without sentimentality or overpromising, and she regularly acknowledges how writing is tricky and often arduous, which I appreciated. Recommended for newbies and veteran writers alike.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Soulitude

    Absolutely love this book. I've thought many times that if I ever start a writing group I would use this as the workbook for it. Its filled with many great subjects to write upon, and lots of tips. I also love the quotes in it. I've read through this book, and now use it as a timely reference. Absolutely love this book. I've thought many times that if I ever start a writing group I would use this as the workbook for it. Its filled with many great subjects to write upon, and lots of tips. I also love the quotes in it. I've read through this book, and now use it as a timely reference.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi Allison

    A great read that provided much affirmation and many creative ideas for different aspects of writing using lively language and unique metaphors. Explores how to start, improve, and move forward with your writing and enjoy the journey.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Low-pressure, actionable, short, often fun, writing exercises to keep the wheels turning! I'm only about 25% through using them, but have read the book and am looking forward to more consistency ahead. Low-pressure, actionable, short, often fun, writing exercises to keep the wheels turning! I'm only about 25% through using them, but have read the book and am looking forward to more consistency ahead.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karin Zirk

    Inspirational from cover to cover.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I have 58 books about writing on my shelf. Judy's Reeves' A Writer's Book of Days is #59. But it's not on my shelf. It's beside my bed, in my studio, in my car, out on the back deck - wherever and whenever I'm going to write, A Writer's Book of Days is with me. I love all of my writing books. They are inspiring and beautifully written just as you'd expect and hope a book about the writer's life would be. But Judy's book now has a special place in my heart as my #1 favourite writing book of all t I have 58 books about writing on my shelf. Judy's Reeves' A Writer's Book of Days is #59. But it's not on my shelf. It's beside my bed, in my studio, in my car, out on the back deck - wherever and whenever I'm going to write, A Writer's Book of Days is with me. I love all of my writing books. They are inspiring and beautifully written just as you'd expect and hope a book about the writer's life would be. But Judy's book now has a special place in my heart as my #1 favourite writing book of all time because it is inspiring, beautifully written, AND useful every single day of my life. I've read many other books of writing prompts where I embrace half of the prompts and shake my head over the other half, thinking who'd ever want to be bothered writing about that? The Writer's Book of Days has prompts - one for each day plus a pile more in the prose on the page, and every single one of those prompts has value. I'm not surprised that A Writer's Book of Days has had a long shelf life. I am grateful that I found it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lori Galaske

    This book is intended to be read over the course of a year: one chapter per month with plenty of writing practice exercises for each month. It's a light-hearted, inspirational, down-to-earth book on writing. It's chalk-full of tips, quotes from famous (and not-so-famous) authors, and methods to encourage your muse and creativity. It's well-organized and well-written. My highlighter just about gave out, and the number of pages I have dog-eared cause the top right corner of the book to bulge. It s This book is intended to be read over the course of a year: one chapter per month with plenty of writing practice exercises for each month. It's a light-hearted, inspirational, down-to-earth book on writing. It's chalk-full of tips, quotes from famous (and not-so-famous) authors, and methods to encourage your muse and creativity. It's well-organized and well-written. My highlighter just about gave out, and the number of pages I have dog-eared cause the top right corner of the book to bulge. It sets in a handy place for easy reference. Loved it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Library Kat

    I would have put this book on my currently reading list but it's taken me several months To get through it. I'm currently still on the section for March even though it may already I will try to update this post when I finished reading it away through the 1st time that it think it's going to be one of those books but more of a reference for writers have found it encouraging but what with very intense classes I have not had a chance to finish I would have put this book on my currently reading list but it's taken me several months To get through it. I'm currently still on the section for March even though it may already I will try to update this post when I finished reading it away through the 1st time that it think it's going to be one of those books but more of a reference for writers have found it encouraging but what with very intense classes I have not had a chance to finish

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    "Prompts" were mostly so brief and vague that I couldn't get any traction. After awhile I figure out "prompts" were not what I need any more - I don't have trouble getting the pen to move. This book did get me to try pen and paper seriously for the first time in years, pointing out that it makes you slow down and you have a record of every change you've made, unlike the delete key. Other good thoughts here and there but not in the end very useful. "Prompts" were mostly so brief and vague that I couldn't get any traction. After awhile I figure out "prompts" were not what I need any more - I don't have trouble getting the pen to move. This book did get me to try pen and paper seriously for the first time in years, pointing out that it makes you slow down and you have a record of every change you've made, unlike the delete key. Other good thoughts here and there but not in the end very useful.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Petersen Wolven

    This book is full of ideas and a daily writing prompt. The problem I had was that many days the writing prompt for that day was a little meaningless and prompted nothing but guilt for failing. When I switched it up and paged through the prompts to try whatever struck me regardless of the corresponding date, it freed me up again.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sierra Hunter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Where to start with this. This is mt writers bible! I was introduced to it early in college in a creative writing class (best class I ever took) and this was part of our curriculum. That was six years ago, I haven't put it down since. I love the daily devotions and the notes from authors. I would suggest this ever writer no matter what kind of writing you do Where to start with this. This is mt writers bible! I was introduced to it early in college in a creative writing class (best class I ever took) and this was part of our curriculum. That was six years ago, I haven't put it down since. I love the daily devotions and the notes from authors. I would suggest this ever writer no matter what kind of writing you do

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    This a nice book with some very practical advice for writers. I love the daily prompts. I think this book will stay on my currently reading list. I've attended free write sessions with Judy. She is a good teacher and a believer in writers helping writers. This a nice book with some very practical advice for writers. I love the daily prompts. I think this book will stay on my currently reading list. I've attended free write sessions with Judy. She is a good teacher and a believer in writers helping writers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    M. Lawrence

    This is such a great book for those "in-between" times when you're not working on a project, or when you're stuck or when you just want to spend some time generating ideas or need encouragement for the writing life. Highly recommended! This is such a great book for those "in-between" times when you're not working on a project, or when you're stuck or when you just want to spend some time generating ideas or need encouragement for the writing life. Highly recommended!

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