I had the privilege this week of reading Robert Benson’s short, yet beautifully penned book Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life.
In a quest to answer the often asked question “Can you tell me how to write a book?”, he has written an almost poetic manual for the writer who attempts to do just that. In a style that is a joy to read, yet easy to understand, Mr. Benson takes the reader on a personal, yet helpful, journey in his art of putting pen to paper.
Giving due credit to his favorite authors, he shares with his readers the books that have helped influence and shape his writing style. He speaks of acclaimed writers who encourage him in his endeavor to write meaningful words. He teaches the reader the value of reading those who have come before us.
Mr. Benson shares how to begin and end a book. In between, he shares his tried-and-true, tips on being a disciplined and committed writer.
regardless of how long one has been writing. It is a quick, but helpful read that both beginning and experienced writers can glean wisdom from.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
And I learned the value of slow. I learned not to chase the words but to listen for them.
Good writing takes time.
Hurry is not a proper posture for a writer.
Determined is the proper posture for a writer.
A direct relationship exists between the caliber of the writing you read and the caliber of the writing you make.
“Art is prayer”, says Joseph Zinker. “And both need time to grow in the direction of the thing to which they are being drawn.”
For more information, you can visit his website at robertbensonwriter.com.
To purchase his book for the writer in your life (from Amazon), click here.
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What do you think? Have you read this book? Do you have a favorite book on writing you would like to recommend?
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